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Will we soon be able to cure Parkinson's disease?

2022-11-30T14:10:37.931Z

DECRYPTION - Several promising avenues are being explored to prevent the destruction of the neurons involved in the disease.



Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, life goes on.

And research on Parkinson's disease, which affects more than 6 million people worldwide, including around 200,000 in France, too.

At the beginning of the summer, the publication of a study by a Chinese team in the prestigious journal

Nature

raised the hopes of many patients.

"Several people have written to me to find out how to participate in a future clinical trial which is not yet on the agenda,"

reports Marie Fuzzati, research officer at the France Parkinson association.

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Chinese scientists have achieved a major feat: using a very advanced technique of genetic modification, they have succeeded in transforming astrocytes, cells located in the brain, into neurons capable of producing dopamine, the substance which is lacking in this disease. neurodegenerative.

But an important nuance must temper the hope aroused among patients: this progress has taken place…

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Source: lefigaro

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