Volume 91 Issue 47 | p. 27 | Concentrates
Issue Date: November 25, 2013

Mold As A Parkinson’s Risk Factor

Volatile chemical released by the fungus induces Parkinson’s-like effects in fruit flies
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: disease, mold, indoor air quality, fruit flies, dopamine transport

Because only a small number of genes have been solidly linked to Parkinson’s disease, researchers have been searching for environmental contaminants that might trigger the nervous system disorder. Man-made chemicals such as pesticides have been strongly associated with Parkinson’s (see page 11), but scientists are also investigating naturally occurring substances as causative agents. A research team led by Joan W. Bennett and . . .

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