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Gut microbes linked to movement disorders in mice predisposed to Parkinson's disease

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There's many a slip between mouse and lip, but it's pretty exciting to see scientists look into the microbiome's role in disease.

Unclear why some Neurodegenerative diseases originate in the gut.

While previous studies have proposed a link between gut microbes and Parkinson's disease, this study is the first to show a clear biological relationship, reported the authors in the journal Cell.

"This research reveals that a neurodegenerative disease may have its origins in the gut, and not only in the brain as had been previously thought," said the study's senior author, Dr Sarkis Mazmanian of the California Institute of Technology.