They've Found The Gene That Causes Lou Gehrig's Disease

A myotrophic lateral sclerosis cut down slugger Lou Gehrig and has largely deprived physicist Stephen W. Hawking of the ability to control his body. Invariably fatal, the affliction gradually kills motor neurons, the nerve cells that control muscles. About 10% of ALS cases are inherited. Now, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and other labs report in the Mar. 4 issue of Nature that they've found a faulty gene that causes the inherited form of ALS.

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