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Two sets of researchers have found new evidence that loss of DJ-1.

Animal model of Parkinson’s disease reveals impressive sensitivity to common environmental toxins In findings that support a relationship between agricultural chemicals and Parkinson’s disease, two sets of researchers have found new evidence that loss of DJ-1, a gene known to be associated with inherited Parkinson’s disease, leads to impressive sensitivity to the herbicide paraquat and the insecticide rotenone. The two studies had been performed with the fruit fly Drosophila, a used model organism for research of human disease broadly, and shed new light on biological connections between inherited and sporadic forms of Parkinson’s disease http://www.finast.net/ . Continue reading