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Work by Viviana Gradinaru, the 2020 grand prize winner of the Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation, could also target the nervous system outside the brain and spinal column.

A research team has found that surgical removal of the appendix is associated with a decreased risk of developing Parkinson's disease. The new study, based on an analysis of health records for over 1.6 million people in Sweden, was published in the October 31 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

AAAS today expressed strong concerns that a legal ruling blocking federally funded human embryonic stem cell research will badly delay medical progress that could someday save lives and treat devastating injuries and illness.

The uncertainty created by the 23 August ruling of U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth “is bound to be tremendously disruptive to researchers endeavoring to advance human embryonic stem cell research to improve human quality of life,” said Albert Teich, director of Science and Policy Programs at AAAS.