New Cerebellar Ataxia Gene Identified in Dogs, University of Helsinki and Folkhalsan Research Center Study  
6/19/2012 7:04:46 AM

Researchers at the University of Helsinki and the Folkhälsan Research Center, Finland, have identified the genetic cause of early-onset progressive cerebellar degeneration the Finnish Hound dog breed. The study, led by Professor Hannes Lohi, revealed a new disease mechanism in cerebellar degeneration. A mutation was identified in the SEL1L gene, which has no previous link to inherited cerebellar ataxias.