The newly discovered method by which the brain removes waste is causing scientists to contemplate new ways to treat “dirty brain” disease like Alzheimer’s.
The biological phenomenon known as the blood-brain barrier was first observed by German scientist Paul Ehrlich in the late 1980s. Since that time, the mechanisms by which the brain secures itself from the rest of the body have been a source of both wonder and bewilderment.
Mimicking the biology of canaries, researchers have successfully reprogrammed the brain’s native stem cells to create neurons capable of replacing the cells lost in Huntington’s disease. The experiments – which were done in both mice and squirrel monkeys – could point to a new treatment strategy for the disease.
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