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Adult Stem Cells Generated From Skin Samples Used to Identify New Gene Targets for Alzheimer's Disease

BrightFocus-funded researcher provides new insights into causes of disease and future therapies. Source: PLOS ONE

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A BrightFocus-funded researcher, Dr. Soong Ho Kim, was part of a collective group of scientists who identified 14 genes linked to early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in stem cells derived from patient skin samples. Further analysis found that five of these 14 genes were also associated with late-stage Alzheimer’s. Future studies of these genes may provide clues to the origins of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as potentially providing new targets for future treatments. In addition, the early-onset Alzheimer’s disease stem cell model was the first of its kind, and may be used by other researchers to answer further questions about this debilitating and deadly disease.

This content was first posted on: January 13, 2014

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