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Molecular Structure Reveals Mechanism Behind Periodic Paralysis

A rare genetic disorder called hypokalemic periodic paralysis (hypoPP) causes sudden, profound muscle weakness in people who occasionally exhibit low levels of potassium in their blood, or hypokalemia. Researchers from the University of Washington have used the Advanced Light Source to see, at the molecular level, how a single mutation in a cell-membrane protein can cause this to happen and how it might be treated. More>

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