GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Scientists report this week they have demonstrated that the injection of two corrective genes into a specific brain region generated significant restoration of normal limb movement in rats with a chemical-induced form of Parkinson’s disease. The findings – by a team of researchers from the University of Florida in Gainesville and Lund University in Lund, Sweden – are published in the current online version of the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Neuroscientists Anders Bjorklund of Sweden and Ronald Mandel with UF said the strategy that proved effective in the rodents is not a cure for Parkinson’s disease, but is expected to lead to a better method for delaying and controlling symptoms of the progressively disabling condition. About 1 million Americans are affected by Parkinson’s disease, which occurs most often between the ages of 65 and 90.
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