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NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Parkinson's Killer Lurks Within

Caption: NIH-funded scientists show that the deadly Parkinson's gene LRRK2 can kill nerve cells (green) by tagging the s15 ribosomal protein (purple), a cog in a cell's protein-making machinery.

Credit: Courtesy of Dawson lab, JHU Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson's Disease.

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