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spindrifter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 09:38 PM
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Scientists make discovery in Alzheimer's
By LAURAN NEERGAARD

Stars and Stripes
Aug 10, 8:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists have discovered molecular janitors that clear away a sticky gunk blamed for Alzheimer's disease - until they get old and quit sweeping up.

The finding helps explain why Alzheimer's is a disease of aging. More importantly, it suggests a new weapon: drugs that give nature's cleanup crews a boost.

"It's a whole new way of thinking in the Alzheimer's field," said Dr. Andrew Dillin, a biologist at California's Salk Institute for Biological Studies who led the new research.

The discovery, published Thursday by the journal Science, was made in a tiny roundworm called C. elegans.

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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 09:45 PM
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1. I really hope they do find a fic for this.
I may be too old already to get any benefit (62), but I worry about getting it. I've seen a few cases, and I'd rather die in one of those terrorist plane crashes than go through that!!!!
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NoodleyAppendage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 09:45 PM
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2. HSF-1 promoter drugs. Very interesting. Thanks n/t
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