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April 06, 2004

One among many....

The headline shouts Genetic basis of hereditary nerve disorder revealed. But read the fine print: "While defects in multiple genes are known to underlie various forms of CMT...Two primary forms of CMT are recognized...Our results indicate that mitofusin 2 is a major gene underlying CMT type 2A, and probably one of the major genes that cause all hereditary forms of the axonal neuropathy, CMT type 2...."

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) affects 150,000 Americans. There is no known cure. This research, as the article notes, is a first step in going from palliation to remediation. But would it hurt to just add an "A" in front of the headline? Recently I noted that we should be careful about presenting a one-size-fits-all narrative to the public when it comes to genetic science, and the scientific media should definately step up to the plate. The link was to Medical News Today, it's not like they're The New York Times, I expect more when it comes to nuance....

Posted by razib at 02:03 PM