Friday, June 8, 2007

New dementia gene discovered

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Scientists say they have discovered a new gene (GAB2) linked with late-onset Alzheimer's disease.

People with a damaged copy of the gene, GAB2, may be at four times increased risk of developing dementia.

It is the most important risk factor gene to be identified in relation to tangles, which develop in the brain in Alzheimer's disease.

In addition, the results are some of the most significant finds for genetic risk factors since the discovery of ApoE4, which revolutionised treatment research.

Source : bbc

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