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Researchers Explore Link Between Algae and ALS

Researchers are using remote sensing satellite imagery to study the possible link between ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and cyanobacteria present in algae blooms.

Boats and residential development in League City near Clear Lake on Nov. 10, 2015.

The link between ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, was first demonstrated in algae blooms in Guam in the 1950s. Researchers have since used remote sensing satellite imagery to study possible environmental links to the disease in other areas. They have found clusters of the disease around certain bodies of water, including areas in northern New England. (The Water Network)

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