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Nerve Coating Repair Gene Identified

Gene linked to myelin repair in the brain
17 December 2004

Scientists have identified a genetic repair process in the brain that can re-coat nerves with myelin - fatty 'insulation' - that is stripped away in multiple sclerosis.

In a study published in the December 17 issue of the journal Science, scientists from the Centre for Brain Repair and the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge and the Dana-Farber Institute at Harvard University, report that the gene Olig 1, thought to aid the development of certain brain cells, is essential for the myelin-repairing process in adults with Central Nervous System (CNS) diseases like Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

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