Gene experiment could lead to cure for Alzheimer's - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Gene experiment could lead to cure for Alzheimer's

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Researchers recently discovered that altering a single gene in mice increased their life span by 20 percent. 

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health changed a gene in the lab mice that's usually associated with calorie restriction.

The mice lived the human equivalent of about 16 years longer and showed better coordination and memory retention.

However, the experiment did come with some negative effects, including bone loss and increased susceptibility to infections.

The research could help guide therapies for age-related diseases, like Alzheimer's.

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