New Gene Mutations Linked to ALS and Nerve Cell Growth Dysfunction, University of Massachusetts Medical School Study  
7/16/2012 7:42:13 AM

Researchers have linked newly discovered gene mutations to some cases of the progressive fatal neurological disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Shedding light on how ALS destroys the cells and leads to paralysis, the researchers found that mutations in this gene affect the structure and growth of nerve cells.