Apr 27, 2021
How can specific clusters of individuals in populations in
certain parts of the world further dementia research worldwide? New
research shows that mutations present in younger group members can
help prevent the early onset of symptoms.
Listen up to learn:
Pierre N. Tariot, director of Banner Alzheimer's Institute, and Yakeel Quiroz-Gaviria, associate professor of psychology at Harvard University, share their work with genetic mutations that affect the onset of dementia.
Due to a lack of understanding previously present in the communities where the genetic mutations have been present, research is only now uncovering the mysteries behind the cluster of high-density cases. Whether it be diet or other outside factors at play, the genetic mutations caused can shed light on the factors that may lead to Alzheimer's Disease or early-onset Dementia.
With a new understanding of family history, variants of genes can be tracked to determine the likelihood individuals will be at risk throughout their lives. If the genetic line is interrupted by introducing outside genes, the likelihood may go down, but the gene mutation will remain present.
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