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Crosby: ALS research news hits close to home

Crosby: ALS research news hits close to home

The recent headlines that came out of Johns Hopkins University were pretty neat. Anyone who took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last year had to have felt good about the fact the $220 million raised during this fundraiser that went viral has led to what could be a breakthrough in battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. To those struggling with ALS, this news is a lifeline. In a study published last week in the journal Science, Johns Hopkins researchers detailed how, in mice, the protein TDP-43, which is supposed to decode DNA, can break down and become unable to do so, but when a special protein designed to mimic TDP-43 is inserted into neurons, the cells return to normal. That...

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