Alzheimer's shield?

  • July 11, 2012 - 7:32 PM


What it is: The newly discovered mutation slows the production of beta amyloid, a protein suspected in Alzheimer's disease, and appears to override a gene that is a strong risk factor for the disease.

Could you have it? The protective mutation is very rare - and unlikely if you are not Scandinavian.

What's next: Scientists will evaluate how reducing the protein affects those with typical Alzheimer's.

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