Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Canadian researchers cure Huntington's disease in genetically altered mice

Maybe this is not directly pharmacy related, but I thought it was a pretty cool medical story so I thought I'd post it here:

From CBC News:
Canadian researchers have unlocked the molecular secret that eliminates the symptoms of Huntington's disease in mice, a landmark discovery that is offering new hope for preventing the devastating effects of the inherited disorder in humans.

A team of scientists from the University of British Columbia have discovered that by preventing the cutting, or "cleavage," of a protein responsible for Huntington's in genetically altered mice, the symptoms of the disease do not develop and the animals exhibit normal brain function. ...more

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