Study IDs genetic factors linked to childhood epilepsy

08/11/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

Using a method known as exome sequencing, scientists were able to identify 25 non-inherited gene mutations in six genes associated with severe forms of pediatric epilepsy, specifically infantile spasms and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. As many as 90 genes could have mutations linked to epilepsy, and many of these mutations have been tied to other neurodevelopmental conditions, according to the study published in the journal Nature.

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