Sadistic asshat

New Scientist: Enzyme shot restores memory in Alzheimer's mice

It may eventually be possible to restore some of the lost cognitive function and learning ability of people with Alzheimer's disease.

Michael Shelanski of Columbia University in New York and his colleagues knew that an enzyme called ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase L1 (Uch-L1) is essential for ridding brain cells of unwanted proteins, and that the beta-amyloid protein that forms plaques in the brains of Alzheimer's patients somehow stops production of this enzyme.

When they injected extra Uch-L1 into the brains of mice with the mouse equivalent of Alzheimer's disease, the animals' learning ability improved markedly.

What sort of sadistic asshat chooses a name like ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase L1 for a chemical that might help people with Alzheimer's? How the hell are they going to remember to ask for that down at Boots?

I'll bet it was the same tosser who decided on the spelling of dyslexia.


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