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Newly discovered Alzheimer’s genes further hope for future treatments

An analysis of the genetic makeup of more than 94,000 people in the United States and Europe with clinically diagnosed Alzheimer’s led to the discovery of four new genetic variants that increase risk for the neurodegenerative disease.

These genes, along with others previously identified, appear to work in tandem to control bodily functions that affect disease development, the study found.

“This is a powerful study, and a step forward for our understanding of Alzheimer’s,” said neurologist Dr. Richard Isaacson, who directs the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medicine.