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Astrocytes Secrete Substance That Kills Motor Neurons in ALS

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Science  20 Apr 2007:
Vol. 316, Issue 5823, pp. 353
DOI: 10.1126/science.316.5823.353a

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Astrocytes--among the glial, or "support," cells in the central nervous system--may be the primary culprit in the death of motor neurons in at least some cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), researchers report online on 15 April in Nature Neuroscience. (Read more.)