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All Eyes on RNA

Science  07 Dec 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6112, pp. 1282-1283
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6112.1282

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An international consortium has found that a repeating nucleotide sequence on chromosome 9 causes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). It's the most important ALS gene discovered to date. Now, the whole field is waiting to discover how the mutation causes ALS—and how, in some people, indistinguishable mutations instead paradoxically trigger frontotemporal dementia.

  • * Ken Garber is a freelance writer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.