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Old 17-11-09, 09:20 PM   #1
Shirleys daughter
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Default Huntington's hope from lab sheep..does anyone have any update on this?

Hi all,
Does anyone remember reading this some years ago...
I would love to hear any more news on this....

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Huntington's hope from lab sheep
By Kim Griggs
Wellington, NZ

A young New Zealand scientist has managed to create the world's first large transgenic animal model for Huntington's disease, a devastating neurodegenerative disorder.

For her PhD, 25-year-old Jessie Jacobsen from the University of Auckland worked out how to inject into sheep the DNA containing the gene that causes Huntington's.

From 150 animals bred at a specialist research facility in South Australia, six sheep were born with the Huntington's gene; and now two are being used to breed a flock.

Much of what's known about Huntington's disease comes from studies of the brains of patients who've died from the disease, but little is understood about the early stages of the disease.
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