A Special Fish May Provide Insights About Neurodegenerative Diseases

Researchers have developed a fish that will help them understand how the power-houses of the cell, the mitochondria, contribute to neuronal death in neurodegenerative diseases, including ALS. This genetically modified zebrafish, called the “MitoFish,” has a special fluorescent marker associated with the mitochondria. Scientists can use this marker to monitor and track changes in mitochondria overtime in the neurons of this fish without invasive surgery. The researchers hope that this new model will help scientists learn more about how defects in mitochondria contribute to neurodegenerative diseases. Read more about this research here.

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