STUDY OF 74,076 VOLUNTEERS IDENTIFIED 11 NEW GENES ASSOCIATED WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE from the Washington Post

An international group of researchers has identified 11 new genes associated with Alzheimer’s Disease, doubling the number of known gene variants linked to it.

The International Genomic Alzheimer’s Project, a collaboration of two groups in the United States and two in Europe, scanned the DNA of 74,076 older volunteers from 15 countries – including people with and without the disease – to look for subtle gene variants involved in late-onset Alzheimer’s, the most common form.

The study, that was reported in Nature Genetics, provides additional evidence of the involvement of certain genes in Alzheimer’s Disease. One connected to the abnormal accumulation of amyloid protein in the brain, which has been associated with the disease. It identifies new gene-related risk factors that may influence cell functions