Author Archives: Inês Martins PhD

Protein Identified That Protects Cells from Neurodegenerative Diseases, Possibly Leading to New Therapies

The accumulation of toxic protein aggregates within nerve cells are a hallmark of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, or Huntington’s disease. Now, researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland have identified a protein called UBQLN2 that protects against such diseases by eliminating those protein aggregates. The study, “…

Aging-Related Diseases Might Be Better Understood Via Roundworm Research

Using roundworms to screen chemicals that increase lifespan may improve knowledge on diseases related to aging such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, or cancer, according to initial findings recently revealed at the The Allied Genetics Conference in Orlando, Florida. In a new consortium called the Caenorhabditis Intervention Testing Program (CITP), funded by the National Institute on…