2. This contains the instructions for making a protein, called huntingtin, which is vital for brain development
3. Huntington's generally affects people in their prime - in their 30s and 40s
4. Patients affected by this disease die around 10 to 20 years after symptoms start
5. About 8,500 people in the UK have Huntington's and a further 25,000 will develop it when they are older
6. A genetic error corrupts the protein and turns it into a killer of brain cells.
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