Huntington’s breakthrough may stop disease

Source: BBC News

Peter, Sandy and FrankImage copyrightJAMES GALLAGHER
Image captionPeter has Huntington’s disease and his siblings Sandy and Frank also have the gene

The defect that causes the neurodegenerative disease Huntington’s has been corrected in patients for the first time, the BBC has learned.

An experimental drug, injected into spinal fluid, safely lowered levels of toxic proteins in the brain.

The research team, at University College London, say there is now hope the deadly disease can be stopped.

Experts say it could be the biggest breakthrough in neurodegenerative diseases for 50 years.

 

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