Monday, 24 September 2018

New research reveals a mitochondrial gene that protects against dementia and other diseases of aging

New research reveals a mitochondrial gene that protects against dementia and other diseases of aging

New research from USC has uncovered a previously unknown genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The study provides insights on how these conditions, and other diseases of aging, might one day be treated and prevented. The research from the Cohen Lab at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology sheds new light on the protective role of a naturally occurring mitochondrial peptide, known as humanin.

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