Multiple Sclerosis

Keep S'myelin!

Created by:
Brittany Durr
Kala Pattar

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Symptoms & Treatments


Possible Genes

HLA Gene

Myelin Basic Protein

Molecular Work

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Webmasters




This site is dedicated to Pat Durr who was diagnosed with MS in 1986.


MS is an autoimmune disease affecting the Central Nervous System (CNS) which consists of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Myelin, a fatty tissue, surrounds and protects the nerve fibers of the CNS, and it also helps nerve fibers conduct electrical impulses. When myelin is lost in MS patients, a scar tissue, known as sclerosis, remains. These damaged areas are referred to as plaques or lesions sometimes consisting of a broken or damaged nerve fiber. Without myelin or the nerve fiber, the electrical impulses to and from the brain is disrupted causing the symptoms of MS.

Just the Facts...

MS is a chronic, unpredictable neurological disease that affects the central nervous system.

MS is not contagious and is not directly inherited.

MS is not considered a fatal disease.

The majority of people with MS do not become severely disabled.

There is no cure for MS yet, but drugs can help slow the course and/or symptoms in some patients.

The above is from the brochure "Just the Facts: 2004-2005"