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WAIMR discovers HLS5 gene links

RESEARCHERS from the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) have discovered a link between the HLS5 gene and key aspects of Huntington’s disease and Aids development. While scientists at the institute were working on the role of HLS5 in cancer, they discovered that the HLS5 gene has potential involvement in several key regulatory processes within human cells. These key processes have been shown to be important in susceptibility and progression for diseases such as the neurodegenerative disease, Huntington’s and immune system regulation, including infectious diseases such as Aids. HLS5 is now being developed as a key gene important in multiple disease processes, and has multiple functional components.

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