Source: Virginia Tech Summary: Scientists have shown that mutations in specific genes that destroy motor neurons and thereby cause the devastating effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease also attack sensory neurons. More Information: Sydney K. Vaughan et al. The ALS-inducing factors, TDP43A315T and SOD1G93A,Read More →

Developing a new set of treatments for the neurodegenerative diseases is difficult because of the inability to grow motor neurons in the lab. Generally, motor neurons are located in the spinal cord and project outside into the control effector organs, specifically muscles, and glands. Motor neurons are responsible for muscle contractionsRead More →