Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS is a progressive nervous system disease that targets nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, leading to muscles losing control. It is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the famous baseball payer was diagnosed with it. It usually begins with muscle twitching and weakening of limbs or slurred speech. There is no medical cure for this fatal disease.

A research identified a new gene that may increase the individual’s risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The mutation of the gene called TP73, which produce protein to help regulate the life cycle of a cell, is found to interfere with the nerve cell health, leading to increasing the risk of ALS.

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