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New £800 000 study sets out to discover what goes wrong in motor neurone disease

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2761 (Published 24 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2761
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Scientists are to use stem cells created from people with an inherited form of motor neurone disease to try to understand the biochemical processes that destroy nerve cells in what one leading clinician has described as “a shocker of a disease.”

    Siddharthan Chandran, director of the Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research at the University of Edinburgh and one of the project’s lead investigators, said that recent advances in genetics and stem cell research have allowed scientists to “model human disease in a culture dish.” …

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