Motor neurone disease researchers find link to microbes in gut

Study could eventually lead to new treatments for neurodegenerative condition Scientists have found tantalising clues that the devastating condition motor neurone disease may be linked to changes in microbes that live in the gut. Studies in mice revealed that animals bred to develop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of the disease that affected microbiome to the neurodegenerative illness, the work raises the possibility of new treatments for the condition. Eran Elinav at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel began by showing that mice with a mutation common in ALS patients fared much worse when their gut microbes were all but wiped out with strong antibiotics. The finding suggested that somehow, microbes in the animals guts were involved in …

Spacewatch: Nasa awards first contract for lunar space station

Maxar wins $375m deal to build the Lunar Gateways power and propulsion element Nasa has contracted Maxar Technologies to develop the first element of its Lunar Gateway space station, an essential part of its plan to return astronauts to the moon by 2024. Astronauts arriving from Earth in the Orion crew capsule will dock at the gateway, which will be in orbit around the moon, before transferring to a lunar landing module and descending to the surface. It will also double as a research outpost for astronauts who do not become moonwalkers. Maxar Technologies will power and element (PPE), which is scheduled to launch in late 2022. The company is a privately owned manufacturer best known for building communications satellites. …