Seeking a “missing link” between genes and environment in Parkinson’s disease

UAB researchers are looking for connections between the gut microbiome and Parkinson’s disease. Credit: Jonathan Bailey, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH.

There is a missing link between genetic and environmental causes of Parkinson’s disease, speculate scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and armed with a four-year, $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, they intend to find it.

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