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Colombian woman's genes offer new clues to staving off Alzheimer's

from Science Magazine

In 2016, a 73-year-old woman from Medellín, Colombia, flew to Boston so researchers could scan her brain, analyze her blood, and pore over her genome. She carried a genetic mutation that had caused many in her family to develop dementia in middle age. But for decades, she had avoided the disease. The researchers now report that another rare mutation — this one in the well-known Alzheimer’s disease risk gene APOE — may have protected her. more


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