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Why is the EURO-MRX project being carried out?

In only 50% of all patients affected by mental retardation (MR), a cause for the disorder can be identified. This percentage is kept low by the lack of good diagnostic tests for most forms of MR.

For X-linked MR (XLMR) there are no diagnostic tests available at all. This keeps the cause of the disease unclear, while clarity is badly needed. Not just for the prognosis and treatment of the patient (which is all important in itself), but also for genetic counselling of family members involved.

The main goal of the EURO-MRX project is therefore to increase the possibilities for DNA diagnostics for XLMR (to read about the other goals, please see the project page). Our research has already lead to a doubling of the molecular diagnosis of XLMR.