We’d like to take a moment to congratulate researchers at the University of Manitoba, who recently made a breakthrough in explaining how a certain mutated gene causes ALS — also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
As the Winnipeg Free Press reported yesterday, the researchers discovered the mutated gene TLS/FUS creates a “runaway train” effect that produces too much protein within cells.
The findings, which were recently reported in the journal PLOS Genetics, have sparked new hope that a treatment can be found to slow the effects of the debilitating and fatal disease.
Dr. Geoff Hicks, who led the research, also said the mutations play a role in cancer, so the team’s research has broader implications than ALS.
It’s good to know that Manitoba scientists continue to play a strong role in medical research in this country.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 2, 2013