Valosin-Containing Protein/ALS Connection Strengthened

Mutations in the gene for an enzyme called valosin-containing protein (VCP) are known to directly cause a disease called Inclusion Body Myopathy associated with Paget’s disease of bone and frontotemporal dementia.
More recently, mutations in VCP have been associated with sporadic ALS in some individuals. To examine this association in

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Statement from ALS Canada regarding dexpramipexole research results

Today Biogen Idec reported results from a Phase 3 trial investigating dexpramipexole (dex) in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The company said that the trial failed to show slowing of functional decline or improved survival and failed to demonstrate efficacy. Based on these results, the company is discontinuing development

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