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New approach to treating Huntington's disease

3rd June 2011

A study carried out in the UK using fruit flies may have unlocked a new approach to treating Huntington’s disease.

The incurable disease caused by degeneration of nerve cells gradually impairs a person’s ability to function but researchers slowed the development of neurodegeneration, which is a key factor in Huntington’s disease, by targeting a particular enzyme in fruit-flies. Researchers, led by at team at the University of Leicester, say the breakthrough is important because no drugs currently exist that halt progression, or delay onset of Huntington’s disease.

 

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