Sniffing out the cause of seizures

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Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder in children age 2–10 years. Childhood epilepsies are characterized by seizures that remit completely after age 10. The disorders are genetically complex, and little is known about the genetic underpinnings of seizure development or remission. Epilepsy syndromes are also common in dogs, especially in certain breeds. A research group led by Hannes Lohi (University of Helsinki, Finland) previously described a remitting epilepsy in Lagotto Romagnolo dogs, which have been selectively bred in Italy to search for truffles using their excellent sense of smell.

Lab Anim. (NY) 40, 264 (2011).
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