Dolphins can get Alzheimer's

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Dolphins can get Alzheimer's

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https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2019/0 ... 553626454/

March 26 (UPI) -- Scientists have identified amyloid plaques, the folded proteins linked with Alzheimer's, in the brains of dolphins stranded on the beaches of Florida and Massachusetts.

Analysis of the marine mammal brains also revealed the presence of BMAA, a toxin produced by cyanobacterial blooms.

"We found β-amyloid plaques and damaged neurons in brain tissues from dolphins that had died on the beaches of Florida and Massachusetts," Dr. David Davis, a neurologist at the University of Miami, said in a news release.


Well damn. :worriedfrown:
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Huh. Neat. I mean, not for the dolphins, but still.
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Maybe this revelation can lead to further understanding the drivers of this disease and finding a treatment and/or a cure.
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You see, now that dolphin medicine has advanced enough that their lifespans allow them to live to old age, they are starting to display the conditions common to aging in their population. Maybe the dolphins can find a cure for Alzheimer’s before we do.
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juice wrote: Maybe this revelation can lead to further understanding the drivers of this disease and finding a treatment and/or a cure.

If we do find a cure, we'd better start injecting dolphins with it.

We kind of owe them one. Or several.
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