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Maple syrup protects neurons and nurtures the minds of C. elegans worms

Catherine Aaron and Gabrielle Beaudry were 17 when they knocked on the door of the laboratory of Alex Parker, a neuroscience researcher at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM). While students at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal, they were looking for a mentor for an after-school research project. Two and half years later, the results of this scientific adventure were published today in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

C. elegans Worm
Maple syrup prevents the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in the C. elegans worm.
Credit: Alex Parker laboratory, CRCHUM