A Promising Drug for Disease That Took Leonard Nimoy's Life

The world mourned the recent death of Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy, who had revealed in 2014 that he was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The disease, a persistent inflammation of the lungs’ airways, is most often caused by smoking; Nimoy had quit decades prior to his diagnosis. There’s no existing treatment for the disease, and it’s the third leading killer in the U.S.

But this week scientists announced they’d found a drug that successfully treats COPD in mice

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