Closing In On Alzheimer's Genes

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center are "confident that we may be closing in on new Alzheimer's genes." If verified, these would be the first genes found to increase Alzheimer's risk in a decade: "Researchers think that Alzheimer's is caused by the interaction of several different genes, but so far only one gene, ApoE4, has been linked conclusively to the disease. Finding the other genes will be a huge step toward understanding how Alzheimer's begins and how it can be treated." Modern bioinformatics allows scientists to work rapidly towards understanding the mechanisms of a condition from the basis of identified genes, so genetic discovery is a noteworthy landmark in the research process.



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