Animal Research Minute – Could a new finding delay the progression of ALS?

Well, according to the Society for Neuroscience, researchers discovered a protein in the body that causes the nerve cells that control movement to die in mouse models of ALS. ALS is characterized by the breakdown of brain and spinal cord nerve cells that control muscles, eventually leading to weakness and death. The scientists discovered this protein’s role in ALS by studying spinal cord cells of mice with the disease. The findings may one day lead to new treatments for this progressive neurodegenerative disorder, for which there is currently no cure.
 

Read more: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-01/sfn-bmp011712.php


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