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Baking with proteins, mRNA and DNA

Reading Time: < 1 minute Today marks the start of MND Awareness month 2014 and our MND Research ‘blog a day’. Before we post our first guest blog we thought we’d set the scene by reminding you about genes and proteins. As our fundraising campaign ‘Bake it!’ is back for 2014, we thought we’d re-blog our ‘baking with proteins, mRNA…

Same disease.. two very different mice!

Reading Time: 4 minutes The exact course, duration and rate of progression of MND often varies greatly from person to person; even when there is a known family history of the disease caused by a specific MND-causing gene (eg SOD1). This same variability also occurs in mice. Researchers, funded by the MND Association, took two mice with the same SOD1…

Sharing and networking in Liverpool

Reading Time: 5 minutes From Sunday morning to Tuesday evening last week, there was a lot of talk of MND research going on in Liverpool. The reason for this ‘hotspot’ of discussions was due to the annual meeting of an international consortium of MND researchers taking place at the University of Liverpool. The 10th International Consortium on SOD1 and…

Breaking news: new gene identified as a cause of inherited MND

Reading Time: < 1 minute Research published today in Neuron has identified that mistakes in a gene called VCP can cause an inherited (familial) form of MND. This is the third gene this year that has been identified as a cause of familial MND which really shows the ‘snowballing’ speed that genetic research is taking. Read about this on our press release:  http://bit.ly/dXcjE4 Research paper:   Johnson…

The importance of FUS

Reading Time: 2 minutes It is really quiet in the office today, with a few colleagues out and about for various reasons. As soon as the thought entered my head about having a productive day with no distractions, an email landed in my In Box. Had I seen the research report mentioned in this press release? A quick scan…

New genetic cause of MND suggests cellular ‘traffic jams’ may play a role in all forms of MND

Reading Time: 3 minutes As the afternoon was drawing to a close in the office yesterday, we learnt of an exciting new MND research paper that had been published in the prestigious journal, Nature. The research suggests that a rare mistake (mutation) in gene called ‘Optineurin’ (OPTN) can cause MND and they also suggest that OPTN may be involved in causing…