Orla Hardiman

An analysis shows no single PON gene variant increases ALS risk, but doesn't rule out ALS-PON connections

posted on July 13, 2009 - 8:31am
  A new meta-analysis combining data from 11 studies has found no connection between variations in genes for paraoxonase (PON) enzymes and an increased risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

A new study shows a small change in the KIFAP3 gene lengthens ALS survival time

posted on May 21, 2009 - 9:00pm
A variant version of the gene for a protein known as KIFAP3 has been found to increase survival time in people with sporadic (nonfamilial) ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease) by an average of 14 months.