Scientists discover protein behind motor neurone disease

Scientists discover protein behind motor neurone disease

They have discovered that a protein called FUS causes brain cells to die in both conditions. The researchers, from Cambridge and Toronto, said they were cautiously optimistic their findings could one day to lead to improved treatments. The study is published in the journal Cell. Motor neurone disease (MND), also known as ALS, is a progressive and terminal disease that damages the function of nerves and muscles, resulting in severe damage to the brain and spinal cord. It affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time. Frontotemporal dementia is a form of dementia that causes changes...

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