London: In a breakthrough, British scientists have isolated a "killer" gene which they believe causes Alzheimer`s.Researchers at King`s College London believe that by identifying clusterin as a trigger for Alzheimer`s they have taken a vital step towards developing treatments to stop the nuerodegenerative disease in its tracks.Experts at the university`s Institute of Psychiatry believe clusterin sets off a chain of events that causes amyloid-beta, a protein, to start destroying brain cells, the Daily Express reported. Many drugs prescribed for Alzheimer`s patients aims to cut the amount of amyloid-beta in their brain.The neurologists are now looking instead at blocking clusterin`s trigger action "in order to ameliorate or even halt Alzheimer`s".
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