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Published on Nov 15, 2016
Scientists don't know what causes the neurodegenerative disease ALS but medical researchers are working hard to find out. Philip Smethurst is a postdoctoral researcher here at the Patani Lab at UCL and he recently made some discoveries about the role that a protein called TDP-43 might play in causing the disease.
ALS is a form of motor neurone disease, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, that causes weakening of the muscles and eventually death. Unfortunately there is no known cure for the condition but we're working hard to try to find one.
Check out our other videos to find out more about what we're doing and how we're using stem cells to investigate treatments for MND.