Cause of Alzheimer’s disease lies in brain evolution

For many decades, scientists at Leipzig University have been researching the causes, diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. A team led by Professor Thomas Arendt from the Paul Flechsig Institute for Brain Research has now shown by means of genome and transcriptome analysis that the genes whose activation is altered in Alzheimer’s underwent evolutionary adaptations in our recent phylogenetic past. This means that Alzheimer’s is a disease specific to humans, which can only be simulated in animal experiments to a very limited extent. The researchers have just published their findings in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

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