Gene responsible for idiopathic epilepsy in Belgian Shepherds located
Genetic factors are responsible for 40% of epilepsy cases but both the veterinary and human medical professions have identified very few of them. The discovery of the gene in canine chromosome 37 represents a significant development in the understanding of idiopathic epilepsy.
The study was only conducted on Belgian Shepherds and an existing genetic predisposition to epilepsy has not been ruled out. Regardless, the results could prove crucial in our understanding of underlying genetic conditions.