Washington: Scientists have identified a gene mutation responsible for IMAGe syndrome, a rare disorder that causes stunted growth in babies, a finding they say could lead to new treatments and tests for the multi-system disorder.The disorder, which makes babies end up with a smaller than normal body and organs that often leads to potentially life-threatening complications, was discovered some 20 years ago. But what causes the disease has so far eluded scientists.Eric Vilain of University of California, Los Angeles had first identified the disorder in France in two boys, aged three and six, who were dramatically short for their ages."I never found a reason to explain these patients` unusual set of symptoms. I`ve been searching for the cause of their disease since 1993," Vilain was quoted as saying by LiveScience.He finally found the reason behind it after studying the genetics of an Argentinean family and several other patients with the syndrome. A total of 20 IMAGe patients have been identified with the syndrome across the globe, and many have provided samples for genetic testing.
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