What a Year What a Difference a Gene Makes

Batten Disease is the most common inherited childhood neurodegenerative disease, though it is relatively rare – occurring in 2 to 4 out of every 100,000 births in the US.

Human beings have about 40,000 genes. Hard as it is to believe, sometimes a defect in a single gene can lead to devastating consequences. This is the case of a rare childhood genetic disorder known as Batten Disease, which currently has no treatment and is inevitably fatal. But researchers are making breakthroughs in the understanding of Batten Disease, finding knowledge that may someday lead to treatments and cures...

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