Cerebral palsy: Genetic causes research

The Australian Cerebral Palsy Research Group (lead author Gai McMichael) has published a paper analysing genetic factors in persons suffering cerebral palsy. The paper entitled Whole-exome sequencing points to considerable genetic heterogeneity of cerebral palsy was published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry 20, 176-182.

The article abstract indicates that 14% of cerebral palsy cases, by strict criteria, had a potentially disease causing gene variant.  Half were in novel genes.

The authors conclude that function and pathway studies are required to establish the causative role of the putative pathogenic genes.

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