Researchers say they can prolong the lives of mice with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis by about 10 days, a finding that could lead to treating the neurodegenerative disorder in humans.

Ten days of life for mice could be equivalent to up to half a year in human terms, the researchers said, although exact conversion is difficult.

There is currently no effective cure for ALS, which is characterized by a loss of motor neurons in the upper and lower body.