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Novel Gene Mutation Causes Huntington's-Like Symptoms, Providing Window Into How Brain Cells Die

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October 21, 2002
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Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
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Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered a gene mutation that causes a condition apparently identical to Huntington's Disease, helping to explain why some people with the disorder do not have the mutation found in most cases. The finding may help reveal why some diseases, like Huntington's, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, destroy some brain cells while sparing others.

"This is a rare version of an already rare disorder, but the mutation that causes it may not only help us better understand Huntington's Disease, but could boost our understanding of many other neurodegenerative disorders . . ." –Russell L. Margolis, M.D. Researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered a gene mutation that causes a condition apparently identical to Huntington's Disease, helping to explain why some people with the disorder do not have the mutation found in most cases. The finding may help reveal why some diseases, like Huntington's, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, destroy some brain cells while sparing others.


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Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. (2002, October 21). Novel Gene Mutation Causes Huntington's-Like Symptoms, Providing Window Into How Brain Cells Die. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 19, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/10/021021052011.htm
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. "Novel Gene Mutation Causes Huntington's-Like Symptoms, Providing Window Into How Brain Cells Die." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/10/021021052011.htm (accessed April 19, 2014).

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