Unravelling the mystery of how one gene contributes to Parkinson’s, Crohn’s and leprosy

Posted on Thursday, September 26, 2019

Researchers have struggled for years to understand how mutations in one gene, called LRRK2, can increase the risk of three very different diseases: Parkinson’s (a brain disease), Crohn’s (a gut disease) and leprosy (a peripheral nervous system disease). Now, a Canadian team has found that inflammation is the likely culprit. Their results are published in Science Translational Medicine.

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