Marisa Wexler, MS, senior science writer —

Marisa holds a Master of Science in cellular and molecular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. Her areas of expertise include cancer biology, immunology, and genetics, and she has worked as a science writing and communications intern for the Genetics Society of America.

Articles by Marisa Wexler

NINDS sets new priorities for ALS research to improve life quality

A group of experts, led by scientists from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), has published a set of strategic priorities for the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) community that are expected to guide future research funding. The goals include better understanding the biology underlying ALS, finding…

Motor neurons’ size may make them vulnerable to ALS

Human motor neurons rely on a specialized molecular architecture to help support their large size, which may partially explain why they are more vulnerable than other nerve cells to damage in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). That’s according to the study, “A cellular taxonomy of the adult…

Scientists Grow Mature Nerve Cells From Stem Cells

Scientists have developed a new method that allows them to grow mature nerve cells from stem cells — a technique that could be applied to study diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). “For the first time, we have been able to see adult-onset neurological protein aggregation in the stem…

Bosutinib, Blood Cancer Therapy, Safe and May Help Some With ALS

Bosutinib, an inhibitor approved to treat a blood cancer, showed no unexpected safety concerns in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), with some patients experiencing slower disease progression while on the therapy, results from a Phase 1 clinical trial showed. Larger clinical trials are needed to confirm if bosutinib…