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'Phenomenal' trial results may yield treatment for Huntington's disease, experts say

The discovery of a drug that may stop, and perhaps even cure the fatal disease known as Huntington's, is being hailed as "historic" by Louise Vetter, president and CEO of the Huntington's Disease Society of America, and "phenomenal" and "fantastically promising" by Huntington's researchers, including the woman who discovered the genetic mutation that causes the disease.

"I'm ecstatic," said Nancy Wexler, who in 1993 identified the mutation. "Huntington's is horrible, one of the worst diseases known to mankind, and certain death. ... We know it's a bad gene, making a bad protein, that makes people sick, that kills your brain cells....