A Medical Research Council study published in the magazine Nature reveals that a flawed gene may be the switch that triggers migraine in people. The research study conducted by the Functional Genomics Unit at the University of Oxford used DNA samples from families of migraine sufferers to isolate the flawed gene.
The researchers noted that the gene called TRESK controls the sensitivity of pain nerves in the brain. The gene is triggered by environmental factors and controlling it may result in eliminating migraine pains. With millions of sufferers in the US, the breakthrough finding is expected to pave the way for research and development of new drugs for migraine, although most experts agree that it is still a long way ahead.
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