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Scientists unravel DNA code behind rare neurologic disease

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:28 am
by Ashlee
DALLAS - June 20, 2018 - Scientists conducting one of the largest full DNA analyses of a rare disease have identified a gene mutation associated with a perplexing brain condition that blinds and paralyzes patients.

A UT Southwestern study that used genetic data from more than 1,200 participants may help scientists improve treatments of neuromyelitis optica (NMO). More broadly, the research demonstrates the potential of utilizing large DNA banks to better understand and treat other diseases that have not undergone full genetic sequenci.

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