Date
11 December 2017
Could this sea creature hold the answer to a treatment for Parkinson's? Photo: Reuters
Could this sea creature hold the answer to a treatment for Parkinson's? Photo: Reuters

Simple sea jellies get scientists thinking about neural diseases

To look at, comb jellies have less than half a brain. The marine creatures seem to function in the world with little more than a mass of jelly and simple nerve nets.

But a Florida scientist thinks they might just have the nouse to generate treatments for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, according to Reuters.

University of Florida researcher Leonid Moroz and an international research team claim that comb jellies use a neurochemical language unlike that in any other animal. They can also regenerate their “brains” in less than four days, with one managing to do it four times, the report said.

It all suggests that comb jellies headed their own complex evolutionary way and that for us there could be different possibilities for building neural systems.

As Moroz said: “There is more than one way to make a brain.”

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