“People who inherit the mutation are all but guaranteed to develop symptoms at about the same age their parents did. While devastating for families, such mutations allow researchers to identify people in the early stages of the disease before their behavior and memory begin to change.”

Drug development for Alzheimer’s has so far been a dismal failure, with 300 failed trials to date.2 Despite the history of letdowns, the latest failed drug trial is still making waves in the research community because there were high hopes that it would provide a breakthrough treatment for people with gene mutations known to cause Alzheimer’s.



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