Aug 2, 2017

Alzheimer's Found in Chimpanzees

A new study provides extensive evidence of Alzheimer’s disease pathology in the brains of aged chimpanzees, our closest living relatives.

The study could help find a treatment or cure for Alzheimer's disease.

By Alzheimer's Reading Room

This research adds to a growing number of studies using an evolutionary perspective to identify differences between humans and chimpanzees that could lead to potential targets for therapeutic interventions in humans.

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“Very few studies have investigated Alzheimer’s disease pathology in chimpanzees, the species closest in phylogeny and most genetically related to humans,” said senior author Mary Ann Raghanti, Ph.D., associate professor and interim chair of anthropology at Kent State. “Brain samples from great apes, particularly aged individuals, are incredibly scarce, so a study of this size is rare.”
Read more about this interesting research in Scientific America

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