Gene Therapy Targeting Motor Neurons in Brain May Help Treat ALS

Gene Therapy Targeting Motor Neurons in Brain May Help Treat ALS

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Gene Therapy Targeting Motor Neurons in Brain May Help Treat ALS

While it’s long been believed that the death of motor neurons in the spinal cord is the main cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), new research suggests that degeneration of motor neurons in the brain takes place independently and may also contribute to the disease. The study’s work in mouse models of ALS also indicates that a gene therapy given to increase the activity of a protein called UCHL1 could improve the health of these…

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