New genetic cause of epilepsy found – Medical Xpress

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Researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have contributed to a decades-long global effort that has revealed two new gene mutations that cause a rare type of epilepsy.

The Institute research team also traced one genetic mutation back to its origin; an individual with the spontaneous mutation who lived more than 5000 years ago. The team developed technologies that can detect the specific mutations—called repeat expansions—even in small sample groups, and the tools to trace the ancestry of a mutation to its origin.

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