Prion-Like Proteins Drive Several Diseases of Aging, Emory University and University of Tubingen Study

Published: Sep 06, 2013

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Two leading neurology researchers have proposed a theory that could unify scientists' thinking about several neurodegenerative diseases and suggest therapeutic strategies to combat them. The theory and backing for it are described in the September 5, 2013 issue of Nature. Mathias Jucker and Lary Walker outline the emerging concept that many of the brain diseases associated with aging, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, are caused by specific proteins that misfold and aggregate into harmful seeds.

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