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August 14, 2015

ALS Researcher Credits Ice Bucket Dollars for Progress Toward Cure

VICE reports on a new study in Science Magazine showing major progress in the search for the cause of ALS, work that one of the researchers says was made possible thanks to donations generated by last summer's Ice Bucket Challenge.

In a Reddit question-and-answer session on Friday, Jonathan Ling, a Johns Hopkins medical researcher who is one of the authors of the Science report, said he'd seen pessimism online that last summer's $115 million in donations appeared to have been no help in finding a cure for the fatal disease. "All of your donations have been amazingly helpful, and we have been working tirelessly to find a cure," he wrote on the social-media site. Mr. Ling said the findings in his study could lead to clinical trials of a new treatment technique within two to three years.

Last month a nonprofit biotech firm that also received Ice Bucket Challenge funds announced it would begin human trials of a new drug next year.