From the St. Paul Pioneer (Minn.) Press of Jan. 23, 2006:
Lincoln kin help medical research
Results will allow screening for ataxia risk
By Jeremy Olson
The proud lineage of President Abraham Lincoln has helped researchers at the University of Minnesota identify a genetic origin of ataxia, a disease that robs people of mobility and coordination.
The research simply put a name to something Lincoln descendants already knew: They were more prone to a mysterious ailment. One branch of the family had previously called it the "dreaded Lincoln disease," said Laurie Crary, a 50-year-old who is Lincoln's sixth cousin. Crary, of Prescott, Ariz., isn't as affected as her father, but she and her sister experience vertigo and lose their sense of balance in the dark.
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