Insight: Illness

Giving life to Joost van der Westhuizen's dream

Scientists are still grappling with the disease that killed Joost van der Westhuizen and Stephen Hawking

22 July 2018 - 00:00

It arrives by stealth. It takes root imperceptibly, but soon you'll feel a twitch. By then motor neuron disease is laying waste to cells that control essential voluntary activity, even the ability to breathe and swallow.

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