WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News

New Genes That Contribute to Alzheimer's Disease Discovered

September 8, 2009

A breakthrough in understanding who gets Alzheimer's Disease and how they get it.

European scientists say they've discovered a new set of genes that contribute to Alzheimer's Disease, the most common form of dementia.

The genes CLU and Picalm were identified by comparing DNA from thousands of European and Americans with and without Alzheimer's Disease.

Researchers hope the newly discovered genes may one day become part of a broad genetic test to predict a person's risk for Alzheimer's.

"It's an opportunity to better understand why Alzheimer's Disease impacts people the way it does, and why it doesn't impact other people," says Sue Bell Friedman, President of the Alzheimer's Association in Charlottesville. "It gives us a better opportunity to give treatments to stop, prevent and, of course, more ways to diagnose."

The study is published in the Journal "Nature Genetics".

Some researchers are confident that a first generation of drugs that will slow or block the spread of disease is not far away.


The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
     
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
     
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.

 

powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 57703717