Hunting down rogue genes
Dr. Terry-Lynn Young, a molecular geneticist at Memorial University, has significantly contributed to the understanding of the genetic causes of blindness, kidney disease and several neurological conditions including hearing loss.
Dr. Young and her team discovered the gene that causes sudden death in many Newfoundland families due to a form of cardiomyopathy known as ARVD5. She currently leads a national team to identify molecular markers of lethal arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) and also explores their ethical, economic and social impact.
* Terry-Lynn Young was one of 14 Innovators to Know invited to Ottawa by Universities Canada on Feb. 24, 2016 to meet with high school students, science policy makers and Parliamentarians.