London: In a breakthrough which may pave the way for an effective treatment for Alzheimer`s, scientists have identified five genes which they claim raise the risk ofthe disease. With the discovery of the five new genes, a total of 10 genes are now known to be linked with the most common form of dementia, says the international team of scientists fromthe US and Britain.
Experts have hailed the findings published in the latest edition of the `Nature Genetics` journal. Dr Susanne Sorensen, of the Alzheimer`s Society, said: "These studies will give scientists clues as to how the disease might develop. Most importantly their identification could also lead to the development of drug treatments in the longer term." Rebecca Wood of Alzheimer`s Research UK, which part- funded the study, added: `These findings are a step towards defeating dementia." PTI
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