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  1. Strychnine Steel Belt

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    This is why way back in school they tell you that when conducting experiments, document everything.

    Breakthrough Science: Scientists Accidentally Cure Parkinson's Disease In Mice


    "In what appears to be a scientific breakthrough that holds out hope for people suffering from neurodegenerative disorders, scientists accidentally cured mice of Parkinson’s disease during a recent study.

    The experts from the University of California in San Diego had sought to better understand the role of proteins in connective cells in the brain in their study, but seems to have stumbled upon a way to grow neurons, or nerve cells, in a lab easily.

    The researchers were studying a protein, called ‘PTB’, that turns genes on or off within cells. In order to better understand how this gene influences cell functions, they silenced the protein in the connective tissue cell fibroblasts. They then grew those cells in Petri dishes to look for any changes.

    Surprisingly, a couple of weeks later, they found that a large number of these fibroblasts had been replaced by neurons. What they found was that when the protein PTB was silenced, brain cells called astrocytes got converted into neurons.

    “Researchers around the world have tried many ways to generate neurons in the lab, using stem cells and other means, so we can study them better, as well as to use them to replace lost neurons in neurodegenerative diseases. The fact we could produce so many neurons in such a relatively easy way came as a big surprise,” Yahoo Style quoted the study’s lead author Dr. Xiang-Dong Fu."




    https://www.ibtimes.com/breakthroug...dentally-cure-parkinsons-disease-mice-3003058


    If this is true and doesn't result in The Last Of Us...
    Give these guys a Nobel prize.
     
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    Dude’s Chinese. I’ll pass.

    Am I doing it right?
     
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  3. Get To Da Choppa Blue Belt

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    Like the discovery of penicillin, sometimes it's better to be lucky than to be good.

    But this is likely to create zombies.
     
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  4. JabToucher Silver Belt

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    Big Pharma won't be happy.

    Lawyers in 3, 2, 1...
     
  5. Magooglie Steel Belt

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    I look forward to the next Back to the Future sequel.
     
  6. hohner Steel Belt

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    This will get buried because they can make more money "treating" Parkinson's symptoms than curing it.
     
  7. Grassshoppa Purple Belt

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    Says the same person who thought they'd make more money making candles than light bulbs.
     
  8. koolinkunming Silver Belt

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    Was gonna say this. Cures don’t make money. “Treatments” do.
     
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  9. hohner Steel Belt

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    You listen here pal, 1879 was a fucking crazy year for me what with the Anglo-Zulu war starting and that crazy ass fire in Deadwood. My prediction game was off a bit.
     
  10. Plissken Gold Belt

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    Michael J. Fox played Stuart Little; coincidence, I think not.
     
  11. TCE The Three Piece with the Corona

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    Anti-biotics were accidentally discovered as well.

    Interesting stuff.
     
  12. Ninjaskillz6&9yakuza White Belt

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    My grandpa wouldve been happy to hear this. He wouldve been so happy he'd be shaking
     
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    So this could be a solution except that making more dopaminergic cells just isn't enough. These neurons would then have to send their projections to the right parts of the brain... This is a huge challenge in itself.

    I will read this journal tomorrow. Perhaps I'm skeptical because I do Parkinson's research.
     
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  14. I am your real dad I am surrounded by NERDs !!! Yellow Card

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    Incoming airborne asymptomatic aids infused super parkinsons-19
     
  16. Fedorgasm Silver Belt

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    Ooooooh nice. Love it when we have an expert. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts tomorrow.
     
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  18. Jack Stevonovich Red Belt

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    update us with your thoughts.
     
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    clever yet wetodid.

    Well done.
     
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    this forum is disturbingly well versed on penicillin.
     
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