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Scientists Find Gene For Severe Form Of Epilepsy

ar to the LD gene have been associated with forms of cancer, this is the first description of such a protein causing a neurological disease."

Identifying the LD gene will now enable scientists to develop accurate genetic diagnostic tools. "Ultimately, we hope that understanding the basic genetic defect will allow us to, not only discover the basic mechanisms that underly the severe epilepsy in this disorder, but also to correct the disease by gene therapy or other therapeutic treatments," explains Dr. Carter Snead, HSC's head of Neurology, Brain and Behaviour Research, holder of the Bloorview Childrens Hospital Chair in Paediatric Neuroscience, and Professor of Paediatrics and Medicine, U of T.

The Centre for Applied Genomics was established at The Hospital for Sick Children in July 1998 and conducts research focused on DNA sequencing and chromosome mapping, disease gene discovery, and bioinformatics.

This research was supported by grants from the Medical Research Council of Canada and The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation.


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Contact: Liz Leake
liz.leake@sickkids.on.ca
(416) 813-5046
The Hospital for Sick Children
29-Sep-1998


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