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Gene mutation seems to protect people against Alzheimer’s disease
Washington Post

A rare mutation that alters a single letter of the genetic code protects people from the memory-robbing dementia of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. The DNA change may inhibit the buildup of beta-amyloid, the protein fragment that accumulates in the hallmark plaques that form in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Some researchers say the findings are intriguing but not hugely surprising. They fit well, in fact, with current thinking about Alzheimer’s disease.

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