The genetics of seizures in neurocysticercosis

This paper is featured since it deals with the basics of epilepsy genetics – investigating whether a phenotype has a genetic contribution by looking at familial aggregation.  The authors investigate patients with neuro-cysticercosis and do not find evidence for familial aggregation.

Whereas the methodology is straightforward, it remains unclear what effect the authors could exclude.  For example, one would not expect a large degree of familial aggregation in herpes simplex encephalitis, but mutations in TLR3 and UNC-93B can be identified in some patients.


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Ingo Helbig

Child Neurology Fellow and epilepsy genetics researcher at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), USA and Department of Neuropediatrics, Kiel, Germany

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