Nervous System Diseases

The brain and nervous system form a delicate and intricate network of electrical signals that are responsible for coordinating every muscle movement you make, your senses, speech, memories, thoughts and emotions.

Many of the diseases of the nervous system can be caused by a single gene defect (change) or a more complex mode of inheritance.

As our understanding of the origin of neurodegenerative disorders is deepening and common themes are beginning to emerge. Take for instance our understanding of Alzheimer brain plaques and the common component found in inclusion bodies found in patients with Parkinson disease. Other diseases like Huntington disease, fragile X syndrome and spinocerebellar atrophy are all 'dynamic mutation' diseases in which there is a repeat of a DNA repeat sequence.

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