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Genome-wide Imaging Study Identifies New Gene Associated With Alzheimer's Plaques
February 20, 2013
A study combining genetic data with brain imaging, designed to identify genes associated with the amyloid plaque deposits found in Alzheimer's disease patients, has not only identified the APOE gene--long associated with development of Alzheimer's--but has uncovered an association with a second gene, called BCHE.
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