Zebra Finch…

What the zebra finch has to do with Parkinson disease:

The protein, alpha-synuclein, is the target for promising new Parkinson’s therapeutics. However, in 1997, when we found the first Parkinson disease-causing mutation in the alpha-synuclein gene, we knew only that the same gene in the zebra finch played a role in song learning. Native to Australia and Indonesia, the zebra finch is part of a large family of songbirds, and because it breeds and does well in captivity, several research laboratories use it to investigate the neural pathways of memory and learning.

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