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Comments by Miles Trupp, a postdoctoral associate at the University of California at San Francisco
For many years, researchers had been searching for a factor that could prevent cell death in dopamine-producing neurons, an event associated with Parkinson's disease.
"...many academic and pharmaceutical labs had been hunting for the factor..."