Untwist scoliosis by clipping wings of an overactive ‘ladybird’

Posted by on April 13, 2016 2:43 pm
Categories: health

People with scoliosis, a twisting of the spine that can occur as a birth defect or more commonly starts during the teen years, are now closer to a genetic explanation for their condition. An overactive gene, called ladybird homeobox 1 (LBX1), is the start of a genetic chain reaction that causes the spine to grow abnormally. The report is the first to demonstrate the functional association of scoliosis with LBX1.

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