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Newly Created Rats Designed to Speed Alzheimer's Research
Date:4/10/2013

lated by the scientists -- animal models are an early tool in research. So, while this type of research and this type of advance in the field is important, this is still basic science."

Town said his hope is that the transgenic rats will help researchers uncover principles applicable to other neurological diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease -- and Parkinson's disease. "As we make this model available to the research community, our hope is that it will be useful in basic research and treatment development," he said.

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Learn more about Alzheimer's disease from the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

SOURCES: Terrence Town, Ph.D., professor, department of physiology and biophysics, Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; Heather M. Snyder, Ph.D., director, medical and scientific operations, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago; April 9, 2013, Journal of Neuroscience


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