Origins of disease affecting Indigenous Australians revealed

A neurological disease which causes the deterioration of muscle control and coordination is more prevalent in the Northern Territory than anywhere else in the world.

The Australian variant of Machado-Joseph disease shares a common ancestor with Asian variants, dating back 7,000 years, University of Sydney research shows.

The disease currently affects approximately 50 people in the Northern Territory, with a further 500 families at risk. Machado-Joseph disease can affect people as young as ten years old.

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