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Genetic test for Parkinson's on the horizon

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Opening the door to the possibility of genetic screening for Parkinson's disease, three studies have identified a single gene mutation as the cause of around one in 25 cases of the condition worldwide. The studies, which appear in the January 29 edition Of The Lancet, suggest that the mutation, in a recently discovered gene called LRRK2, causes around 5% of inherited Parkinson's cases and around 2% of isolated cases.

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