Five-lab team launches novel attack on ALS

January 28, 2016

Eyes on the flies Biology professors Kristi Wharton and Robert Reenan insert the ALS gene SOD1 into fruit flies and then look for mutations that counteract it.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — ALS — can arise from aberrant genes. A group of five Brown University professors proposes that a cure may also come from aberrant genes — genetic mutations that suppress ALS. A new research grant supports their comprehensive investigation of ALS in flies, worms, mice and human cells. To read more.