Study Finds Black and White Alzheimer's Patients Share Gene Variants

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

woman suffering alzheimers (Vince Alongi/flickr)

Last week we looked at new research predicting that the number of people with dementia will more than double within 30 years, doubling the medical cost of dementia as well. 

Today we're looking at new research that could shed new light on understanding Alzheimer's disease.

In one of the largest studies ever done on Alzheimer’s in African-Americans, researchers discovered that the gene variants associated with Alzheimer in people of European ancestry was the same as the one seen in African-American Alzheimer's patients.

Richard Mayeux, co-director of The Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University, was the lead author of the study.


Richard Mayeux

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I am guessing that the assumption would be that the gene would be different for both African Americans and Europeans. My question is,"How do other types of diseases differ in their gene variants, and how many diseases have the same?"

Apr. 10 2013 11:49 AM

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