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Future of Alzheimer’s Treatment May Be in Jelly-like Creatures

A new finding regarding the evolution of nervous system development in jelly-like creatures may hold promising implications for the treatment of Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders, Reuters reports. The findings, published in Nature magazine, showed that despite traditional beliefs that nervous systems of all living things evolved all the way up to human complexity along a single path, “it now appears that comb jellies took a different route, using neurochemical language that does not exist in other animals.” According to the study, comb jellies do not use dopamine, an important player in Parkinson’s disease, and they have the ability to regenerate damaged nervous tissue.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study in Nature.