Lou Gehrig's Neuron

By Carl Zimmer | February 17, 2008 10:17 am

lou gehrig
“This neuron tattoo was done a few months ago. When I was 18, my dad passed away from Lou Gehrig’s, which is a disease of motor neurons that innervate muscles. His battle with neurodegeneration helped me decide on a career in medical research, and I am currently pursuing my PhD in Neuroscience.”–Lindsay

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Comments (7)

  1. Nicole

    I like this one… kind of artful! Where do people get these ideas?

  2. Susan

    I love this, creative, healing and beautiful

  3. Stegosaurus

    I love you. Marry me!

  4. Kathy C. & Co.

    Getting closer to some answers.

    DNA research on Degenerative Myelopathy in dogs has identified a possible canine model for at least one form of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s)in humans, with further study in progress which may some day aid in treatment options.

    Genome-wide association analysis reveals a SOD1 mutation in canine degenerative myelopathy that resembles amyotrophic lateral sclerosis


    Nice tat BTW. Hope your studies have been going well.

  5. Jackie

    Beautiful. I lost my mom to Lou Gehrig’s when I was 21, her brother the year I was born, and her grandmother before that. If anyone can find a cure….it’ll be you.

  6. Jordan

    I love this! When i was about 16 my dad was diagnosed with ALS and died only a year later. I’ve been looking for a way to represent his struggle and this is perfect. thank you for sharing.

  7. That is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. :)


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A blog about life, past and future. Written by DISCOVER contributing editor and columnist Carl Zimmer.

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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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