August 30, 2007
Alzheimer's Breakthrough

Slashdot linked up this heartening announcement regarding Alzheimer's research:

Genetically engineered cells implanted in mice have cleared away toxic plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

The animals were sickened with a human gene that caused them to develop, at an accelerated rate, the disease that robs millions of elderly people of their memories. After receiving the doctored cells, the brain-muddling plaques melted away. If this works in humans, old age could be a much happier time of life.

If it works in humans (and that's a big "if"), it would seem we've finally stumbled onto a treatment, if not a cure.

Posted by scott at August 30, 2007 10:35 AM

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Let's all hope so...who wants to live to be an old person if you can no longer recognize your loved ones?

I can't think of many things worse than living in a world where everyone suddenly is a stranger to you! Scary!!

Posted by: Mark on August 30, 2007 02:50 PM
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