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Cause of Fatal Childhood Disorder Krabbe Disease Identified

News   Sep 24, 2019 | Original story from Washington University in St. Louis

 
Cause of Fatal Childhood Disorder Krabbe Disease Identified

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have pinpointed the precise cause of Krabbe disease, a neurodegenerative condition that usually causes death by age 3. Pictured on the left is a normal cross section of a mouse nerve. A protective layer of myelin surrounds the nerve wires, called axons. On the right is a cross section of a nerve from a mouse with Krabbe disease, which causes the loss of this protective layer of myelin and subsequent nerve destruction. (Image Credit: Sands Lab/Washington University)

 
 
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