1005_MCNEW_lab-sml [Researchers probe protein linked to hereditary spastic paraplegia]

Rice University biochemist James McNew took a risk and changed his lab's model organism from yeast to fruit flies to study a key protein that's been linked to hereditary spastic paraplegia. The gamble paid off with a new grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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