Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the unicellular yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, known as Baker's or Brewer's yeast.
Yeast Models Provide New Insights into Neurodegenerative Diseases
The single-celled fungus allows researchers to study Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and other brain diseases with unparalleled speed and scale.
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Yeast Models Provide New Insights into Neurodegenerative Diseases
Yeast Models Provide New Insights into Neurodegenerative Diseases

The single-celled fungus allows researchers to study Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and other brain diseases with unparalleled speed and scale.

The single-celled fungus allows researchers to study Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and other brain diseases with unparalleled speed and scale.

ABOVE: SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY, KAGE MIKROFOTOGRAFIE GBR
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Is It Time to Rethink Parkinson’s Pathology?
Ashley Yeager | Oct 1, 2019
New evidence points to a waste-clearing problem in patients’ cells, rather than the accumulation of protein tangles, as the root cause of the neurodegenerative disease.
Infographic: Is Cellular Waste at the Root of Parkinson’s Disease?
Ashley Yeager | Oct 1, 2019
Damage to the lysosome, the organelle that removes excess proteins, lipids, and other materials, might be at the root of the disease.
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Mouse Model Shows How Parkinson’s Disease Begins in the Gut
Emma Yasinski | Jun 26, 2019
Johns Hopkins’s Ted Dawson discusses his lab’s demonstration that misfolded α-synuclein can move from the stomach to the brain and cause physical and cognitive symptoms.