Genetics and Parkinson’s

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Dr Stephen Mullin holds a clinical lectureship in Neurology at The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at Plymouth University.  

 

In recent years it has become clear that genetics plays a key role in the development of Parkinson’s. By understanding genetic pathways, the hope is that a novel drug to prevent or slow down Parkinson’s development can be produced.  One of the most common genes implicated in Parkinson’s is glucocerebrosidase (GBA). About 10% of people with Parkinson’s in the UK carry a mutation in this gene.

 

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