August 2, 2018

Episode 141: UA Researchers Collect Genetic Clues to Advance Treatment Options for Lou Gehrig's Disease

A team of UA scientists are using a catalog of genetic information to look for clues in the battle against the deadly disease.

AZSCI ALS Zarnescu U of A molecular biologist Daniela Zarnescu is using a catalog of genetic information to help provide clues in the battle against ALS. (PHOTO: AZPM)

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A team of University of Arizona scientists are working to solve the mystery behind Amyothrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease.

ALS affects the nervous system and causes extreme muscle weakness, leaving patients unable to speak, swallow, or breathe. It has no known cure. Not many patients survive more than four years after diagnosis.

U of A molecular biologist Daniela Zarnescu is using a catalog of genetic information to sift through a list of drugs that could provide clues to successfully battle the disease.

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