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Alzheimer’s Biomarker May Predict Early Onset

05:48 EST 10 Nov 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

Having the ability to detect diseases in their earliest stages of development is an invaluable therapeutic resource. For many diseases the initial onset times are when they are most vulnerable and therefore respond best to intervention modalities. However, symptoms at preliminary stages often go unnoticed or are dismissed as minor annoyances, delaying treatment. Thus, scientists are continually on the hunt for new biomarkers that could assist them with early detection. Now, researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) may have just uncovered a peptide that could lead to the early detection of Alzheimer's disease (AD).       The SBP researchers—publishing their findings today in Nature Communications “ Identification of a peptide recognizing cerebrovascular changes in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease ”—believe their new results could provide a means of homing drugs to diseased areas of the brain to treat AD, Parkinson's disease, as well as glioblastoma, brain ...

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