Researchers at The Jackson Laboratory have discovered a genetic link to porencephaly, a rare but devastating neurological condition.
Their research, published in the May 19 issue of the journal Science, may have significant implications for preventing the disease in humans.
Usually exhibited in infants shortly after birth, symptoms of porencephaly include mental retardation, cerebral palsy or epilepsy. The brains of porencephaly patients show degenerative cavities and lesions. Researchers have suspected that the damage is the consequence of fetal trauma and/or genes affecting blood clotting that predispose to hemorrhage.
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