The Ice Bucket Challenge that exploded on social media last summer to help raise money and awareness for ALS research has resulted in a major breakthrough, scientists at Johns Hopkins University say.
The scientists have reported that they have made a serious break-through in research, which could lead to a cure much sooner. ALS is a rare condition affecting the nervous system.
Last summer, more than 17 million people worldwide took to Instagram and Facebook to add videos of them dumping water on themselves and then encouraging friends to do the same. All totaled, there was more than $115 million dollars raised.
Scientists used the funds to research a complex protein called TDP-43, which in more than 90 per cent of ALS cases, is dysfunctional. In the past, researchers have struggled to understand the role this protein played in maintaining healthy cells.
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