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Hopkins Scientists Discover How Huntington's Kills Cells: Block Death In Cultures

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March 23, 2001
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Scientists discovered the gene for Huntington’s disease in 1993, but in all that time, they couldn’t explain how the gene leads to the death of a small patch of nerve cells in a key part of the brain. Now studies from two laboratories at Johns Hopkins suggest precisely what goes awry in the brain cells marked for destruction: a mutant protein "hijacks" a key molecule in a cell’s survival system.

Scientists discovered the gene for Huntington’s disease in 1993, but in all that time, they couldn’t explain how the gene leads to the death of a small patch of nerve cells in a key part of the brain.


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