Largest Epilepsy Study Ever Reveals New and Surprising Genetic Risk Factors, NYU Langone Medical Center Reports

Published: Aug 13, 2013

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Neurologists and epilepsy researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center were among scientists who have 329 random genetic mutations associated with two of the most severe forms of epilepsy, according to a paper published today in Nature. Though well-known that many forms of epilepsy are strongly influenced by genetics, there has been relatively little progress in identifying the genetic differences that contribute to most forms of epilepsy. This study sheds light on why some with an elevated risk for epilepsy never get the disease and why certain medications work better for some patients than others.

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