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Alzheimer's breakthrough could hold key to cure

from Discovery News

A new discovery could be the secret to a cure for Alzheimer's. A team at Stanford University discovered that when a class of brain cells, called microglia, stop doing their jobs, Alzheimer's happens. Microglia make up 10-15 percent of all brain cells. They're a combination of crime fighters and garbage collectors: they search out and eat up any bad things they find in the brain, from bacteria to viruses to so-called A-Beta, which can form the gummy protein deposits that cause Alzheimer's. more


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