April 21, 2005

Slimy Drugs for Bipolar

A blog called "SciScoop" has an interesting entry on some new approaches that companies are taking towards drug discovery for bipolar disorder:

"UK scientists are digging around in slime moulds in the hope of finding novel drugs for treating "manic depression", more properly known as bipolar disorder. They have developed a new screening technique using the "slime mould" - a microbe that lives in leaves and dung on forest floors.

Their breakthrough in using one particular slime mould species, Dictyostelium represents the first possible alternative to the current, accidental discovery, approach to drugs for this disorder.

The team reports details of its findings in the May 2005 issue of Molecular Pharmacology".

Read the full article at: Slimy drugs for bipolar disorder

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