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Local researchers find cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease in lab rats

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Aired 4/19/09

San Diego researchers have taken the next step in the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease. A new cure proves effective in suppressing a defective gene in ALS-infected rats, and doctors are confident that this method will translate to humans as well. Host Tom Fudge speaks with researchers about this latest medical breakthrough, the wide-ranging impact it might have on affected patients, and why these discoveries are so important to San Diego.

Learn more about Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), known as " Lou Gehrig's disease ."

Guests:

  • Dr. Richard A. Smith , a doctor at the Center for Neurologic Study in La Jolla.
  • Dr. Don Cleveland , a professor of medicine, neuroscience and cellular and molecular medicine at the University of San Diego's Ludwig Institute.

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