Researchers from Jackson are fighting with Alzheimer in the first line

April 26, 2018 - By Hazel Jackson

Researchers from Jackson are fighting with Alzheimer in the first line

Researchers from Jackson are fighting with Alzheimer in the first line

In Jackson, at the Brain Chemistry Labs scientists are exploring the link between over century-old Antarctic samples of algae bloom and Lou Gehrig’s and Alzheimer diseases.

They work together with British Natural History Museum and Dundee University in Scotland to find the solution in cyanobacteria samples. Scientists have spent 5 years already to research the material from ponds in the Antarctic gathered in the 1902 year by Robert Falcon Scott, well-known explorer.

These samples were kept for a hundred years in London, at the museum. The team from Jackson decided to test them. Doctors Paul Cox, Sandra Banack, James Metcalf and Rachael Dunlop have found in these samples toxins made naturally by cyanobacteria including the ones that are similar to neurodegenerative and cancer diseases.

According to Metcalf, it was the opportunity and chance to receive more knowledge. At first, they acted almost blindly. They did not know whether they can find toxins there, but researchers had nothing to lose. In the best scenario, they could understand the process of exposure. And in the worst, it still helps to understand the process of pollution.

The doctor says that their main goal is to understand the way how to fight with toxins and help people by finding the cure.

According to the experts, this collaboration of countries and best scientists in the area can lead to very promising results in the future.

The recent data was published in European Journal of Psychology, on the 4th of April.

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