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Scientists discover potential cause of motor neuron disease http://t.co/c7KVcZCV5O @abcnews lets get this rolling... pun intended...bdad.
Australian scientists have helped discover what could be one of the only known causes of motor neuron disease.
The researchers were involved in discovering how a toxin in blue-green algae can contaminate food and cause problems in the central nervous system.
The cause of more than 90 per cent of motor neuron disease cases remains unknown.
Researchers are hoping the link found between motor neuron disease and blue-green algae could help treat the condition.
Lead author Dr. Rachel Dunlop, from the University of Technology Sydney, says the findings will bring scientists a step closer to understanding motor neuron disease.
"We think [the cause is] a toxin that's found in blue green algae and can get into all kinds of food stuffs, into fish, into crustaceans, into seeds of trees," Dr Dunlop said.
"It can move through the food chain and bio-concentrate and when people are exposed to it, it seems to be able to trigger motor neuron disease in some people.
"It's fascinating. The algal toxin actually mimics an amino acid that humans use to make their own proteins, and if its in your body at the time, it can trick yourselves into thinking it's the one that you normally use.
"Then when it gets into your proteins it can prevent them from folding and functioning properly, and that can lead to toxicity."