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  • Possible Gene Found for Lou Gehrig's Disease

    07/07/2003 8:19:58 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 27 replies · 435+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jul 6, 2003
    European researchers said on Sunday they had identified a new gene that, when mutated, almost doubles the risk of developing a paralyzing disease. People with the mutations had 1.8 times the risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as motor neuron disease or Lou Gehrig's disease (news - web sites), they found. Peter Carmeliet of the Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology in Leuven, Belgium, and colleagues also found that mice bred with a similar mutation were unusually prone to paralytic disease. The gene they looked at, VEGF, had not previously been associated with ALS, which affects between 1 and...