Target found for Parkinson's test
A gene mutation which could be behind one in 25 cases of Parkinson's disease has been discovered by scientists.
It is hoped the findings could lead to the earlier detection of the disease and the development of treatments.
Three separate studies by US, UK and Dutch research teams are published in The Lancet medical journal.
Parkinson's, for which there is no cure, is a degenerative disease in the part of the brain controlling movement and affects 3% of people over 75.
Read the full report
Here is a link to the 15 January 2005 issue of The Lancet, which includes citations and abstracts of the aforementioned studies, as well as editorial comment.