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The pig, the fish and the jellyfish: Tracing nervous disorders in humans

The pig, the jellyfish and the zebrafish have been used to gain a greater understanding of hereditary forms of diseases affecting the nervous system. In this project, the focus was on a specific gene in pigs, SYN1, which encodes the protein synapsin, which is involved in communication between nerve cells. Synapsin almost exclusively occurs in nerve cells in the brain. Parts of the gene can thus be used to control an expression of genes connected to hereditary versions of the nerve disorders.
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