‘Elephant Man’ disorder breakthrough
July 28, 2011 |
‘The Elephant Man’ is an amazing cry-fest of a film and one of my favourites.
Using a new DNA sequencing technique, scientists have now discovered that the disease the ‘Elephant Man’ may have had – Proteus syndrome – is caused by a mutation in a single gene. Proteus syndrome is a rare disease where skin and tissues grow into huge, painful tumours.
The same mutation is also a known cause of some cancers. So further research to help those with Proteus syndrome could also have wider benefits.
This news story is supported by the Wellcome Trust, GlaxoSmithKline and Life Technologies Foundation as part of the Who am I? project.
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