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Living in Revolutionary Times

The West experienced world shattering  political and social revolutions  in the 18th and 19th centuries; but our own time is no less revolutionary, certainly in the areas of technology and sciences. Recently another major breakthrough in medical science was heralded in the eminent journal Nature, that will no doubt have significant societal consequences.  The published study now seems to confirm  the existence of a rare gene mutation that provides protection against Alzheimer’s disease.

This protective mutation slows the production of beta amyloid, excessive amounts of which in the brain have been all but conclusively linked to Alzheimer’s.

As Dr. David Altshuler, a genomics expert at Harvard noted, “The implication for drug development is hugely important.”

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