MORE than 40 new genes linked to Alzheimer’s have been identified.
That’s more than double the previous total, with 75 stretches of DNA now implicated in the brain-wasting condition.
The results could help develop an accurate risk test before Alzheimer’s symptoms appear.
A study in Nature Genetics identified 75 genes linked to a higher risk of dementia, including 42 that are not yet known.
Scientists compared the DNA of 100,000 people with the disease and 600,000 healthy adults.
In just three years, one million people in the UK will be living with dementia.
Despite being the UK’s single biggest killer, there is currently no effective treatment to combat the brain-wasting disease.
Prof Julie Williams of Cardiff University’s UK Dementia Research Institute said: “This is a major advance in our mission to understand Alzheimer’s and ultimately develop treatments needed to delay or prevent the disease.”
The researcher dr. Rebecca Sims said: “This study doubles the number of identified genes that influence risk for the more common form of Alzheimer’s disease.
“It offers exciting new targets for therapeutic interventions and improves our ability to develop algorithms to predict who will develop Alzheimer’s later in life.”
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