Friday, November 04, 2005

Research: have another helping of turkey?

I absolutely guarantee that at this year's Thanksgiving dinner, Aunt Janice will present you with a clipping of an article about this study:

A team of scientists in California and Germany have prevented paralysis in mice with multiple sclerosis by feeding them a synthetic version of a by-product of an important amino acid. The body uses the amino acid, tryptophan, for many things, including regulation of the neurochemical serotonin. The new findings, published today in Science, suggest that tryptophan also interacts with the immune system to reduce abnormal inflammation of the myelin sheath, the protective coating around nerve cells that is damaged in MS.

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