Gene: Dementia

Source: Dementia gene is identified, 17-07-2006

A gene that may underlie the second most common form of dementia has been identified, offering new insights into the origins and treatment of the brain condition.

Two groups of scientists have found a link between a mutation in a gene called granulin and frontotemporal dementia (FTD), the most frequently diagnosed form of the neurological disorder after Alzheimer’s disease.

The findings, which are published in the online version of the journal Nature, will open a new approach to researching FTD, as no one had previously imagined that the granulin gene might be involved.

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