Genetics news & views from students enrolled in BIOL 2110 at Stockton University.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Significant epilepsy gene discovery in dogs
For the first time scientist have now been able to identify a gene that may be a major contribution to epilepsy in canines. The DIRAS1 gene is affects developing canines and arise myoclonic seizures at a young age. This is vital because of the similarities myoclinic seizures in canines and in human juveniles. Thus this study can help not only give insight in epilepsy in humans and other species especially since the genetic background for this condition is limited. With identifying the gene there can now determine some sort of pathophysiology mechanism that can be used for treatment in the near future for canines and possibly people.