News FocusNEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASE

From Cycad Flour, a New Suspect Emerges

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Science  28 Jul 2006:
Vol. 313, Issue 5786, pp. 431
DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5786.431

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Summary

One theory behind the strange neurological disorder on Guam holds that fruit bats concentrate a compound called BMAA in cycad seeds and deliver a whopping dose to anyone who eats the animals (see main text). Now, researchers have fingered a different suspect compound in cycad seeds, one that the native Chamorros of Guam ingest directly. (Read more.)