Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL) is a deadly genetic disease in in Staffordshire Terriers. It typically strikes in adulhood, affecting the part of the brain responsible for motor function. Affected dogs eventually become unable to walk or control their muscles.
Now the responsible gene has been isolated.
This will help diagnose the disorder in dogs and hopefully eventually screen it out as well.
Gene for Fatal Brain Disorder Discovered in Dogs
Canine neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis or Batten disease