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Genetic Protection From Alzheimer’s July 13, 2012

Posted by stuffilikenet in Awesome, Science.

An article in Nature details the discovery of a genetic variation which offers some protection from the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.  It’s a nifty piece detailing the use of big data from socialized medicine in Ireland homogeneous population to trace genetic factors in Alzheimer’s protection.  A nice write-up of it is in Ars Technica for the non-science reader, and the original is in Nature.

Spoiler: tiny percentage of Scandinavians have it, about 0.1%, so you almost certainly don’t have this protection.  Get back to the lab and work on a cure.


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