Botox could be used to treat cerebral palsy and Parkinson's, says University of Lincoln scientist
Cosmetic toxin botox could be transformed into a drug to treat a raft of debilitating conditions, a leading scientist will explain at the University of Lincoln.
Botox is the most deadly poison known to man, but in tiny doses it is widely used as an anti-aging treatment.
In injection form, it blocks the signals that tell the muscles to contract, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Now, scientists are working to expand the toxin as a drug to treat disorders such as cerebral palsy, Parkinson's and chronic migraine.
Dr Enrico Ferrari, a scientist from the University of Lincoln's school of life sciences, who is working on refining the botox protein, will talk about its potential as a treatment at a free lecture on Tuesday, March 19.
He said: "Engineering this kind of toxin has many uses and would be a major improvement in the quality of life for those people who suffer from chronic pain."
The lecture, entitled Botox Beyond, takes place at 6pm at the university's EMMTEC auditorium on the Brayford Campus.
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