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Moonlighting Enzyme Linked to Neurodegenerative Disease
April 24, 2007
Friedreich's ataxia is one of those diseases few have heard of unless you know someone with the condition. For that individual--usually a child or teenager--it is devastating. Symptoms are mild at first: muscle weakness in the arms and legs, vision impairment and slurred speech.
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