Researchers at the University of Utah are part of an international team of scientists who have discovered a gene they believe almost certainly causes a common neurological disorder.
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease affects about one person in every 2,500. Patients suffer from wasting of the muscles and deformed feet, which often require surgery.Four papers were published on the discovery in the British magazine Nature Genetics. The principal authors for the University of Utah paper are Dr. Phillip F. Chance of the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics and Dr. Norisada Matsunami of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, both at the university.
The research was supported by the Muscular Dystrophy Association, based in Tucson, Ariz. Although the association was willing to announce the discovery on Friday, the university did not inform the Deseret News about it until the following Tuesday afternoon.