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Plants now suffering on behalf of Parkinson's disease research

Plants now suffering on behalf of Parkinson's disease research
29th April 2009

The quest for improving the quality of life for Parkinson's disease sufferers is taking a new approach, with a Nordic project using plants to study how proteins are affected by the condition.

Researchers at the University of Stavanger and Stavanger University Hospital in Norway have been looking into the notable relationship between the disease and the gradual loss of nerve cells.

Professor Simon G Moller, the head of the Centre for Organelle Research at the university, stated that the study represents a unique and important way of analysing and understanding the mechanisms which lie behind neurodegenerative diseases akin to Parkinson's disease.

He explained: "We can transfer these findings from plants to humans, because plants have many of the proteins that humans have."

Last week, it was revealed by UCLA scientists that prolonged use of pesticides in certain areas is raising the risk of Parkinson's disease in citizens living close to them.

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