Parkinson’s disease replicated in zebrafish leads scientists to uncover life-improving drugs
In a world first, scientists have replicated Parkinson’s disease in a zebrafish — and in doing so found drugs that restored movement in the laboratory animal.
The Australian researchers from Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research said it brought new hope to sufferers on World Parkinson’s Disease Day.
They expect it will be the first of many diseases to be modelled in zebrafish, which can offer faster results than mice research.
The research has been published in the journal, Cell Chemical Biology.
“For us this was a major discovery that capped several years of hard work,” said Dr Daniel Hesselson, laboratory head at the Garvan Institute.