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A Passion For The Rainforest Leads Botanist To Fight Human Diseases

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Posted: Friday, March 2, 2012 12:00 am

A prominent botanist with a passion for preserving the rainforest and exploring medicines in native cultures is helping to make inroads into one of the most difficult problems in medical research: understanding and treating the neurological diseases Alzheimers, Parkinsons and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The botanist is Paul Allan Cox, whose studies of plants and human diets on Guam a decade ago have led to one of the most promising approaches to understanding the diseases, which afflict millions worldwide.

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