Will Newfound Gene Abnormalities Lead to Diagnostic Targets for ALS? | GenomeWeb

A team of researchers in Germany said it has discovered genomic “abnormalities” in a modest percentage of patients with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

If accurate, the team’s findings may bring researchers one small step closer to devising a molecular-diagnostic test for the condition, also known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

But relatively little interest in the disease from government funding agencies and a record of dire outcomes — ALS is almost always fatal — makes it a tough sell for drug or diagnostics makers.

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