Gene linked to Alzheimer`s found

Updated: Sep 28, 2010, 00:00 AM IST

London: Scientists have discovered a gene that could lead to treatments for conditions such as Alzheimer`s disease, stroke or brain tumours.

The gene, Sox9, plays a critical role in how stem cells behave and is crucial to developing the central nervous system, reports

"We are one step closer to correcting damaged nerve cells which would be a huge leap forward for the millions with Alzheimer`s, stem cell-related brain tumours or who have suffered from a stroke," said James Briscoe, of the Medical Research Council(MRC) who headed the study.