Insights on Alzheimer's offers clues for new drugs

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Gene mutations in the A beta protein are assisting these proteins in clumping together, which in turn is promoting Alzheimer's, according to a scientific team at UCLA. The researchers say that a new drug that can block the formation of A beta and prevent it from sticking together in clumps could prevent the disease from ever occurring. And their work may help developers take the right approach. The principal investigator is David Teplow, professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published the findings in its Oct. 10 online early edition.

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