A volume I have edited on Drosophila models of Motor Neuron Disease has just been published. This book singles out the past and recent accomplishments of Drosophila in modelling degenerative motor neuron disease including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), hereditary spastic paraplegias, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (Kennedy’s disease) and spinal muscular atrophy. The emphasis is on recent developments including the emerging molecular pathways underpinning these disorders. Genetic screens aimed at identifying novel genes that cause motor neuron degeneration or finding modifiers of the phenotype resulting from the disruption of disease-causative genes are also tackled. Importantly, this collection provides an inspiring look at the indispensability of the fruit fly to neuroscience research.
Amongst the excellent cast of authors, there are several JEDIs, whom I’m grateful for their outstanding contributions. The hardcopy is available from major online bookstores – Amazon, Waterstone’s & Blackwell's. Further information and the full table of contents can be found on: http://tinyurl.com/flyModelsofMND
Feel welcome to contact me or the contributing authors if you would love to have a softcopy.