NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A Canadian research team has found a gene mutation that can be directly connected to some patients' development of multiple sclerosis.

MS is a neurodegenerative disease in which the myelin that protects nerve fibers are attacked by the body's immune system, upsetting the flow of information between the brain and the body. It affects 250,000 to 350,000 people in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health, and there are few treatments available to patients diagnosed with the more severe and progressive form of the disease.

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