Jumping genes, lemurs, and mitochondria, oh my!
Conventional wisdom has it that the buildup of amyloid proteins is responsible for Alzheimer’s disease. However, a new study by Peter Larsen, PhD (Duke Biology) as well as Michael Lutz, PhD, Allen Roses, MD, Ann Saunders, PhD, and other Duke researchers points to a new cause: the presence of specific “jumping genes” that interfere with the development of mitochondria, the energy-producing parts of the cell, in the brain. For the full story, and to find out how mouse lemurs fit into the equation, read Robin Smith’s story from Duke Today on the subject here.
Image of a grey mouse lemur courtesy the Duke Lemur Center.