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Fruit Bats Linked to Mystery Disease

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Science  12 Apr 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5566, pp. 241
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5566.241

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Unmasking the cause of the invariably fatal neurodegenerative disorder known to the indigenous Chamorros of Guam as lytico-bodig could offer insights into major killers such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. But lytico-bodig is dying out--and threatening to take its secrets to the grave. Now in the 26 March issue of Neurology, neurologists correlate a sharp rise in flying fox consumption among the Chamorros after World War II with a presumed crest in the disease.