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Jumbo Gene Offers Clue to Parkinson's

Science  10 Apr 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5361, pp. 203
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5361.203a

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In the 9 April issue of Nature, a Japanese research team reports that it has discovered a gene, dubbed parkin, that when mutated causes a rare inherited form of parkinsonism. Although the finding won't resolve the debate over whether the primary culprit behind most Parkinson's cases is genetic or environmental, neurobiologists hope that it will offer a glimpse at the shadowy players involved in the molecular wreckage of a patient's brain.