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Parkinson’s-Causing Gene Discovered at University of British Columbia

By Jeff Davis, Postmedia News July 15, 2011 8:58 AM, www.montrealgazette.com

Scientists at the University of British Columbia have identified a genetic mutation that causes late-onset Parkinson’s disease. The mutation — dubbed VPS35 — was isolated through sophisticated genetic research, using DNA taken from a Swiss family in which 11 people have developed the disease. Carles Vilarino-Guell, a researcher with the Centre for Molecular Medicine & Therapeutics, said DNA samples were taken from two cousins. Using genetic analysis to compare the variations between the cousins, they succeeded in identifying the mutated gene.

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