Hadassah Physician/Researchers Identify Defective Gene and Halt Paralysis of Babies’ Limbs and Vocal Cords
Identifying the defective gene that has
caused neuropathy in children of North African descent, physician/researchers
at the Hadassah Medical Center have employed an experimental drug to prevent
permanent paralysis of both muscle and vocal cords in four children.
rare genetic disease, whereby erosion of the myelin (the coating on the nerves)
impedes the nerves’ ability to transmit signals from the spinal cord to the
muscles of the limbs, is referred to as “The Curse” by the susceptible
population. Seemingly healthy babies developed paralysis after contracting a
viral infection. Prof. Orly ElPeleg, head of the Department of Genetics and
Metabolic Diseases, and Prof. Dror Mevorach, head of Internal Medicine B and
the Center of Rheumatology Research at Hadassah Hospital-Ein Kerem, report that
since all the children were of North African origin and one of the families had
two children with the condition, they were able to identify the defective gene
using advanced technology.
in the Jerusalem Post here>>Date: 12/21/2012