A year after the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral, scientists are crediting the viral campaign for providing much-needed research funding into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease), the mysterious and usually fatal neurological degenerative condition that inspired it.
Scientists informed the Washington Post that some of the $220 million raised globally from the challenge, organized by the national nonprofit ALS Association, has already gone to good use.
In a Johns Hopkins study funded in part by Ice Bucket Challenge money, doctors experimented with a synthetic version of TDP-43, a protein often found outside the nuclei of brain cells in people with ALS. They found that by injecting the mimicked protein back into mice cells, they were able to reverse the kind of cellular damage seen in ALS patients.
“Without it, we wouldn’t have been able to come out with the studies as quickly as we did,” Johns Hopkins researcher Philip…
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