Dormant viral genes may awaken to cause ALS

1 octubre 2015

Scientists have discovered that reactivation of ancient viral genes embedded in the human genome may cause the destruction of neurons in some forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The results suggest a link between human endogenous retroviral genes (HERVs) and ALS and raise the question of whether antiretroviral drugs, similar to those used for suppressing HIV, may help some ALS patients.