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'Huge step forward' in Alzheimer's research

By Nigel Praities

Researchers have proclaimed a ‘huge step forward' in the earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, after they discovered two genes linked to the development of the disease.

To date, only one gene has been linked with Alzheimer's disease, but this latest study in 16,000 patients found aonther two genes.

The two genes – called CLU and PICALM – are expected to provide scientists with a much clearer route to developing new treatments.

Professor Julie Williams, chief scientific adviser to the Alzheimer's Research Trust, said both genes were involved in the formation of memories.

‘This research is changing our understanding of what causes the common form of Alzheimer's disease and provides valuable new leads in the race to find treatments and possibly cures,' she said.

The paper is published online this month in Nature Genetics.

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