Alzheimer’s disease is a memory loss disease that occurs to the people in the age of around 70 to 80 years. Scientists say that a rare mutation in the DNA that changes a single letter in the genetic code can be a cure for this disease. As a result of this mutation, there is an increase in the amount of beta amyloid. It is a protein fragment that usually gets accumulated in the hallmark plaques, which forms in the patient’s brain. The researchers say that these findings are not only interesting and challenging rather than surprising.
There is a gene called as the APP gene which gets affected and breaks down into smaller pieces, along with the beta amyloid after this gene mutation. Scientists have studied previously about more than 30 changes or mutations that affected this gene but none of them were found to be useful. Many of these mutations , increased the amount of beta amyloid and formed a devastating form of Alzheimer’s that afflicted the people in their early age of 30’s and 40’s which is much in advance to the normal Alzheimer’s that comes to the people in the age of 70’s and 80’s. Continue reading Gene mutation can be a cure for Alzheimer’s disease