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Alzheimer's largest study begins

24th October 2007

A research team from Cardiff University has started work on the largest investigation ever launched into how genes influence Alzheimer’s Disease.

The scientists have received funding amounting to £1.3 million from the Wellcome Trust to conduct the genetic survey. It will use a new technique which identifies how inheritance can predispose sufferers to the disease. The researchers will use DNA from 6,000 people with late onset Alzheimer’s and that will be compared with samples taken from 8,000 healthy people to reveal common variations that are linked to a higher risk of developing the condition.

 

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