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European epilepsy consortium identifies new gene for severe childhood epilepsy
Date:1/22/2014

d their families is to be able to give a name to the gene causing their disease. When it comes to Dravet syndrome, the genes responsible for up to 20% of the cases are still unknown. The discovery that mutations in CHD2 cause a Dravet-like syndrome means some of these patients will now have access to better genetic diagnosis and therefore provide much-needed answers to these families. Importantly, the development of a new animal model for Dravet syndrome based on reduced CHD2 expression might help to find effective treatments that could improve the lives of thousands of people suffering from Dravet syndrome and perhaps other genetic epilepsies."


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