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Experimental science reverses multiple sclerosis

Experimental science reverses multiple sclerosis
14th August 2009

A new and highly-experimental treatment which suppresses the immune system has been found to put multiple sclerosis into total remission in mice, new research has concluded.

Dr Jacques Galipeau, the leader of the study at the Jewish General Hospital Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research and McGill University in Montreal, made the revelation this week, explaining the method in an interesting way.

He said: "You know those mythical animals that have the head of an eagle and the body of a lion? They're called chimeras. In a lyrical sense, that's what we've created.

"GIFT15 is a new protein hormone composed of two distinct proteins and when they're stuck together they lead to a completely unexpected biological effect."

It is hoped that other autoimmune disorders including Crohn's disease, arthritis and lupus may be fought off with success, with the multiple sclerosis treatment being fully effective with just one treatment, while no side-effects were demonstrated.

The MS Society was impressed with the news, though highlighted that it was EAE - a condition very similar to relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis - that was treated, meaning there is still a few steps to go before it can be seen as a landmark discovery.

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