The Rogue Immune Cells That Wreck the Brain

Solving a mystery behind brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia.

 

brain cell oligodendrocyte

A type of brain cell known as an oligodendrocyte

Is it possible that many common brain disorders, despite their wide-ranging symptoms, are caused or at least worsened by the same culprit, a component of the immune system? If so, could many of these disorders be treated in a similar way—by stopping these rogue cells?

Beth Stevens thinks she has solved a mystery behind brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia.

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