Huntington's breakthrough 'offers hope to many'

Huntington's breakthrough 'offers hope to many'

Scientists have announced a breakthrough in Huntington's disease research, bringing hope to many people with the condition.

Research from two international studies, published in journals Current Biology and Cell, has uncovered ways to potentially slow down the development of Huntington's disease.

The findings could also contribute to the slowing down of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

Huntington's disease is an inherited neurodegenerative disorder that has no cure. It is believed that around 1 in 10,000 people worldwide have the condition.

Cath Stanley, chief executive of the Huntington's Disease Association, said: "This is an exciting piece of research that will offer hope to the many people affected by Huntington's disease."

Meanwhile, findings published in the Biophysical Journal identified the earliest structural formation of the protein which causes Huntington's, potentially opening up new research avenues for the condition.

Researchers were able to see the mass and size of mutant protein structures.

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