By Agata Gurkovska in Zagami.
Zegami, the Oxford University data visualisation spin-out, has joined an international team of medical researchers to try and find the cause of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
The startup believes the project could lead to the discovery of the root cause of the condition and could help in the development of the first ever medical test for ME/CFS, new treatments, or even to find a cure.
The work could also help researchers studying other medical conditions that have a fatigue symptom, including cancer, strokes, Parkinson Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.
ME/CFS affects 20 million people worldwide, but it is not clear what causes it. Complex and variable symptoms make it difficult to diagnose and only five per cent of patients make a full recovery. Research into the causes has been limited due to a lack of funding, but the recent identification of high levels of L-form bacteria in the blood of patients suggests they may play a role in condition.
The new research project will be the largest of its kind in Europe, involving three ME/CFS research centres in Oxford, Bydgoszcz in Poland, and Valencia in Spain.
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