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Genetic mutation increases risk of Parkinson's disease from pesticides
Date:11/27/2013

ironment, and the damage done to dopamine-containing neurons, it does not exclude other mutations and pathways from being important as well. The team plans to explore additional molecular mechanisms that demonstrate how genes and the environment interact to contribute to Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and ALS.

"In the future, we anticipate using the knowledge of mutations that predispose an individual to these diseases in order to predict who should avoid a particular environmental exposure. Moreover, we will be able to screen for patients who may benefit from a specific therapy that can prevent, treat, or possibly cure these diseases," Lipton said.


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Contact: Susan Gammon, Ph.D.
sgammon@sanfordburnham.org
858-795-5012
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
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