BYU, Utah researchers find genetic cause for migraines

Published: Wednesday, May 1 2013 11:55 a.m. MDT

Both tests suggested the mutated gene induced migraines, or something similar, in mice, further solidifying the link between the mutated gene and migraines in humans.

The results are especially encouraging for Bates, who decided in high school that she would dedicate her career to studying migraines.

"I just wanted to figure out what was happening to me," she said, "because the doctors weren't able to explain it and had no medication to offer."

The condition is also frustrating to doctors, who often find they have nothing to offer patients who come to them seeking help for migraines, Brennan said. This study, however, suggests that could change in the future.

"This gives me hope that we've got something to follow," Brennan said.

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