Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis risk: Mendelian randomization and linkage disequilibrium analyses

Takeaway

  • Analysis of a new database of genetic data from those with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) indicates a causative link with hyperlipidemia and that smoking increases risk of developing ALS.

Why this matters ?

  • A publicly available database will assist in future genetic studies to identify risk factors for ALS.