Canadian Research Updates

CURRENT RESEARCH NEWS

In late 2011, two international consortia identified that mutations in a gene called C9ORF72 causes a higher percentage of familial and sporadic ALS than any other previously discovered.
ALS is a disease that can affect anyone, at any age and of any ethnicity. While a great deal has been learned about North American, European and Japanese populations with ALS, there are other countries that have not been examined as closely using current techniques.
One of the newest animal models to study ALS is the zebrafish (D. rerio). These fish exhibit several indications of disease including impaired swimming due to paralysis from gene mutations that cause ALS in humans.