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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Research by two independent groups reporting in Cell this week has revealed a new brain disorder that can be traced back to mutations in the RNA kinase coding gene CLP1.

The condition resembles a set of brain disorders known as pontocerebellar hypoplasias, which also stem from RNA-related problems that lead to progressive brain degeneration during infancy. But the new studies mark the first time that CLP1 has been implicated in such a syndrome.

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