Friday, October 10, 2014

Veterinary Highlights: Gene For Fatal Brain Disorder In Staffordshire Terriers Discovered

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.

Source article:
Gene for Fatal Brain Disorder Discovered in Dogs

Further reading:
Canine neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis or Batten disease

2 comments

  1. Well thank goodness the gene has been discovered. I have heard about this disorder, but I don't know how common it is. Is it mostly in purebred Staffordshire terriers?

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    1. It sounds like it's pretty common. Too common for such a nasty disease. The article said increasing too because of the late onset it's hard to breed out.

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