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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

University of Iowa researchers have determined a protein already being targeted in some cancer patients may also be linked to seizures in epilepsy.
The findings are published today in the journal PLOS Genetics.

The U of I research shows removing or inhibiting this protein prevents seizures in fruit flies, which the team uses for the experiments.
Researchers hope these findings will eventually lead to a new targeted drug therapy for seizures in humans.

If you want to read more in-depth, the PLOS Genetics journal article is here:
http://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pgen.1005022

 


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