Friday, June 08, 2012

Genetic Explanation for Migraine Prevalence in Women


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I'd like to direct you to an article on Migraine.com about new research connecting migraine in women to a characteristic found on the X chromosome.


Migraine Genes: X Marks the Spot
"This DNA research was done by Griffiths University.  Led by Professor Lyn Griffiths, researchers looked at a very specific population who seemed made to order for this study.  About 80% of the inhabitants of Norfolk Island trace their pedigrees directly to a single, historic event – the mutiny on the Bounty.  The greatly increased ratio of Migraineurs to non-Migraineurs coupled with the close gene pool made this an ideal place to research Migraine."


The thing I find most exciting about this research is that instead of blaming the prevalence of migraine disease among women on us being the weaker sex, this establishes that genetic differences are responsible. How awesome is that?!


It's also a really creative, well thought out subject for a migraine research study. I love this kind of out of the box thinking about trying to learn more about migraine disease.




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