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Collaborative Study Nets 11 New Genes for Alzheimer’s Disease

By Sharon Kingman
Staff Writer

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
LONDON – A genomewide association study of people with Alzheimer’s disease has delivered a haul of 19 regions of the genome that are significantly associated with that disease, including 11 that have been linked with Alzheimer’s for the first time. The 19 regions include several thought to be involved in the immune response and inflammation, and one that may have a role in the function of synapses in a part of the brain that is affected by Alzheimer’s. Philippe Amouyel, professor of public health and epidemiology at the University Hospital of Lille, France, told BioWorld Today: “This study opens new pathways of research for new types of drugs to treat Alzheimer’s."

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