Experts Find Mysterious Gene Behind Brain Disorder

Brain-DisorderAn international team of researchers clams to have discovered the gene that caused an Australian toddler's paediatric brain disorder.

It is being suggested the findings will help in paving a new way for identification and treatment of other children with similar genetic diseases.

Dr. Ryan Taft from the University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) was the team in charge.

The team utilized the genome sequencing for concluding the fact that the three-year-old Massimo Damiani is facing a congenital disease, which was formerly a mystery for the medicine. Dr. Taft said they examined the genome sequences of Massimo and his parents by applying a procedure known as the whole genome sequencing.

He said the researchers discovered that a mutation in the DARS gene was the most suspected cause of the disorder.

The discovery was an outcome of the joint efforts of the researchers from Netherlands, Australia, and the US. The researchers also analyzed the genomes of nine other children who seem to be facing similar disorders along with the genomes of their parents.

It was confirmed that the DARS gene was the culprit behind such disorders. The team of researchers was a collaboration of the researchers from the IMB in Brisbane, Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam and Children's National Medical Center in Washington D. C. The research was published in the American Journal of Human Genetics.