Alzheimer is a very common type of dementia worldwide that is among the top 4 causes of death in seniors aged 65 year which unfortunately is unpreventable nor can it be slowed down. A person who has this disease will suffer from memory loss, difficulty in performing tasks he is used to doing, language problem, mood swings, and also a change in behavior.
There is a renewed hope for people suffering from Alzheimer as scientists in Gladstone Institute which is an affiliate of the University of California have made a discovery that apoE4 gene is the main risk factor of the disease. Based on the research it has been discovered that one copy of the apoE4 gene will double the chances of a person getting Alzheimer and if the copies are two, the risk will be increased 12 times.
A minute molecule was added to the apoE4 gene in order to bring a change to it and amazingly, it became harmless and eliminated any signs of the disease, made the cells function normally, and increased the chances of having the cell survive.
The reason why the researchers at Gladstone Institute decided to use a human brain cell in carrying out the research is that the use of mice has not had a good track record.
The researchers who came up with this discovery are working closely with other scientists in various universities, as well as those in the pharmacy industry to have this discovery tested on human patients. This is a great opportunity for the survival of the seniors as they no longer have to live in fear of getting Alzheimer disease that will lead to their death.
With this discovery, there is a high chance that a cure will be found as the scientists are now able to know what their target should be, as well as what needs modification.