Roughly 1.5 million people are afflicted with Parkinson's disease in the United States. Along with a few hundred monkeys. One of those monkeys, perhaps even the tawny-furred rhesus macaque I'm now observing, may hold the key to eradicating this chronic, degenerative, incurable brain disorder. I learn this as I stand before a live video feed in a small laboratory on the second floor of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, a facility tucked away in a leafy corner of Emory University's vast Atlanta campus. Displayed on the monitor is the subject of an experiment—Monkey Number 12, a 12-pound adult female. She slouches in a corner of a large cage in the adjoining room and appears to be in a state of catatonia. Had her dewy, expressionless eyes not been open and blinking, I would have assumed she was paralyzed. I'm reminded of the stricken Robert De Niro character in the movie Awakenings. Monkey Number 12 does not technically have Parkinson's disease. But for the past several … [Read more...] about The Cure for Parkinson’s Disease?