Epilepsy Linked To Genetic Defect On Chromosome 15, University of Kiel Study

Published: Jan 16, 2009

ScienceDaily (Jan. 16, 2009) — In research published in the advanced online publication of Nature Genetics, researchers have identified a genetic defect for common epilepsies on chromosome 15. A subset of patients with epilepsy lacked a certain part of this chromosome. Further studies on patients from the USA confirmed this finding. The loss of small chromosomal segments, called microdeletions by geneticists, has previously not been connected with common disorders that also include many types of common epilepsies.

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