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Removing zombie-like cells may help treat multiple sclerosis

Senolytic drugs can clear away worn and damaged “zombie” immune cells that are resistant to dying, which may help treat multiple sclerosis, according to research in mice

By Grace Wade

5 December 2023

Conceptual image of a neuron damaged by multiple sclerosis

An artist’s impression of a neutron damaged by multiple sclerosis

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Drugs that remove worn and damaged immune cells may help treat multiple sclerosis (MS), a study in mice suggests.

MS is a neurodegenerative disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the protective coating around nerves, called myelin. It often manifests in people’s 20s and 30s. Most people with the condition have occasional relapses – where myelin is damaged and their symptoms worsen – followed by…

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