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  3/9/2014, Adar Bet 7, 5774

PCCA Gene Mutation Affecting Moroccans Identified


Four years following Dr. Ohad Birk, (head of the Genetics Institute at Soroka Medical Center in the southern Israeli city of Be’er Sheva and The Morris Kahn Lab of Human Genetics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) discovery of genetic mutations that lead to the condition known as Progressive Cerebro-Cerebellar Atrophy (PCCA) – which affects many Israeli families of Iraqi and Moroccan descent, he has now announced that his lab has discovered yet another genetic mutation that leads to a similar disease in Moroccan Jews – PCCA2.

A paper on the subject is scheduled to be published by British Medical Journal and should be available to the public within half a year.