06 October 2010

Redefined botox has new uses

Scientists have redefined the building molecules of botox, in an effort to improve its use for Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy and chronic migraine.

British scientists have developed a new way of joining and rebuilding molecules, and have used it to refine the anti-wrinkle treatment, botox, in an effort to improve its use for Parkinson's, cerebral palsy and chronic migraine.

By breaking down botox molecules into two separate building blocks, Davletov's team were able to produce them separately and safely, and then "clip" them back together again, they said in a report in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


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