Animal Research Minute – Genetic Link to Epilepsy Discovered

Did you know scientists may have discovered a gene responsible for a type of epilepsy?

Well, ScienceDaily reports researchers have discovered a gene in Belgian Shepherds that is responsible for canine epilepsy. By comparing the genomes of normal dogs and dogs with epilepsy, scientists discovered this gene dramatically increases a dog’s risk of epilepsy. This gene may also be linked to human forms of epilepsy – a disease affecting between 1 and 5 percent of all people. By understanding a genetic cause of epilepsy, scientists can develop more effective treatments for human and canine epilepsy.

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