Archive for: November 2012

A gene called TREM2

A gene called TREM2 could play a significant role in helping researchers learn more about Alzheimer’s disease.  It's a rare mutation of a gene. It certainly isn't going to lead to any major breakthrough right now, but it will provide researches with more information on how Alzheimer’s affects the brain. An article on the CTV website this morning said less than 1 per cent of the population has the gene variant, although there is about 30 million people in the world with Alzheimer’s. But those with this rare gene have a significant increase in the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

The New England Journal of Medicine  an article yesterday titled TREM2 Variants in Alzheimer's Disease with a lot more technical description of their findings. Watch the video below as they show how by identifying the mutation, the research provides valuable new information about the potential causes of the disease and what it could mean to further research.