Unraveling the Genetics of ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a neuroegenerative disease leading to loss of voluntary muscle control and paralysis. Most patients die within two to five years after diagnosis. Capitalizing on the Utah Population Database, a unique resource that combines medical records with family histories, the Utah Genome Project is investigating the genetics of familial ALS with the hopes of using that information toward development of new treatments.

KSL-TV spoke with patient Seth Christensen, father of four, about the difficulties of living with ALS, and with Utah Genome Project investigator Summer Gibson, M.D., about her research.

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Searching Families For Genetic Causes of ALS