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Multiple Sclerosis Research Points a Finger at Bacteria


Moderation Resource Albuquerque

A rare, toxin-spewing bacterium might spur multiple sclerosis, new research suggests.

Scientists from Weill Cornell Medical College and the Rockefeller University have found for the first time a subtype of Clostridium Perfringens, a germ found in soil, in an MS patient. This subtype, found in some grazing animals, degrades cells integral to protecting the nervous system, which causes MS-like symptoms in them. Similar to MS, the cells targeted by this subtype form myelin – a fatty substance that insulates message-transmitting cells in the brain and spinal cord.