A Treatment for MS?

It's too soon to tell, but a new study shows tantalizing results

REPORTS ON EXPERIMENTAL MEDICAL TREATMENTS are routinely sprinkled with caveats, but a paper in the latest Science is more cautious than most. "It must be strongly emphasized," writes a group of Harvard immunologists, "that this study does not demonstrate efficacy." Even so, the news brought a bit of hope to sufferers of a disease that brings mostly despair. The scientists are working on a treatment for multiple sclerosis, the nerve ailment that robs victims of muscle control and, too often, life itself.

MS is thought to be an autoimmune disease, in which the body mistakenly attacks its own tissues -- in...

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