Fly method is epilepsy’s ray of light
Faculty researchers led by Professor Richard Baines and Dr Carlo Giachello have been able to cure genetic epilepsy in fruit flies.
The team shone yellow-light at epileptic flies during their embryonic development and the flies did not go onto display signs of epilepsy. In short, they had cured epilepsy in flies which were going to get the disease.
Dr Giachello says:
"We found that if we prevent nervous system activity at a time when the fly embryo is between 80 and 90% fully developed, seizures stop entirely."
The team now hope that this method can be applied to larger animal models and then into humans.
Read a full article and watch a video interview with Professor Baines to find out even more.
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