Brains of simple sea animals could help cure neural disorders
Published on May 22, 2014 8:25 AM
ORLANDO (REUTERS) - A Florida scientist studying simple sea animals called comb jellies has found the road map to a new form of brain development that could lead to treatments for Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.
"There is more than one way to make a brain," University of Florida researcher Leonid Moroz, who led an international research team, told Reuters.
Moroz said his research, published on Wednesday in a report in the magazine Nature, also places comb jelly-like creatures on the first branch of the animal kingdom's "tree of life", replacing and bumping up sponge-like species from the bottom rung of evolutionary progression.
Moroz said that finding should lead to a reclassification of the animal kingdom's "tree of life" and reshape two centuries of zoological thought.
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