Important breakthrough in the Alzheimer’s research – Scientists erase Alzheimer-causing gene in human brain
Last week brought important news from Californian Scientists. They were able to successfully change a protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease into a more harmless form. This breakthrough is an extremely important stepping-stone towards finding a cure for the disease.
This is the first time the researchers were able to use human cells instead of animals. This is significant as some treatments that have worked with mice have not worked with humans.
“The finding that the breakdown of the ApoE4 protein is associated with Alzheimer’s also provides insight into why treatments that work with mice may fail with humans. Amyloid-β production is not affected by the ApoE4 gene in mice. Treatments that have been shown to be effective with mice may not be as successful with humans because the mouse models don’t address ApoE4-related forms of Alzheimer’s in humans.” Read the whole Forbes article: This Gene May Explain Why Alzheimer's Treatments Succeed With Mice But Fail With Humans.
Facts & Figures
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops the disease. At the moment, 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s.