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Worms could hold clue to Parkinson's inheritance

Worms could hold clue to Parkinson's inheritance
4th December 2009

The Parkinson's Disease Society (PDS) has revealed that it is providing over £190,000 to the University of Dundee in order for it to research how worms could hold a clue as to why some people develop inherited Parkinson's.

At the institution, Dr Anton Gartner and his team will use a simple worm to chemically induce nerve cell death in order to study why brain nerve cells die in Parkinson's.

Dr Kieran Breen, the PDS director of research and development, comments: "It's fascinating that such a simple animal as a worm can be an excellent model for Parkinson's researchers to study what happens in specific nerve cells."

He added that the organisation is delighted to fund this research as it will allow them to understand what exactly causes nerve cells to die in Parkinson's, as well as helping the community to develop new treatments for the condition.

At the moment, symptoms first appear in Parkinson's disease patients on average when a patient is older than 50.

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