Leading the Fight to treatand cure Tay-Sachs, Canavan and related diseases
Canavan disease is caused by the absence of a vital
enzyme called aspartoacylase (ASPA). ASPA breaks N-acetylaspartate acid (NAA) into building blocks essential for building
myelin. Myelin is a fatty membrane (also known as white matter) that forms a proactive coating around each nerve ensuring the nerve functions properly.
gene that causes Tay-Sachs is located on
chromosome 17, specifically 17pter-p13.
Canavan is an
autosomal recessive genetic disorder. Both parents must be a carrier for children to be at risk. If both parents are carriers, there is a 25% chance with each pregnancy the child will be affected.
Read more about inheritance.
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