Gene Variant Linked To Development Of Alzheimer’s Disease

June 26, 2008

A new study published in the journal Cell has revealed that a gene variant has been linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease...Boston (ChattahBox) – A new study published in the journal Cell has revealed that a gene variant has been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

An international team of researchers published their findings in the June 27 issue of the journal Cell.

In studying the human genome, they managed to find a gene variant that actually makes people more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.

The variant occurs in the gene known as CALHM1.

When the gene variant is taking place, Alzheimer’s can develop far easier in the brain, allowing the brain to be more vulnerable.

Currently, 5.2 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s. This discovery could lead to new treatments to prevent the development of the disease.


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