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Researchers testing gene therapy to thwart effects of multiple sclerosis

Published: Mar 27th, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In patients with multiple sclerosis, the body turns on itself, launching an immune system attack that destroys the coating around nerve fibers in the central nervous system, leaving them exposed like bare wires. Similar to exposed electrical lines, the unprotected fibers touch and short out, leading to the neurodegenerative effects that are a hallmark of multiple sclerosis.