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Alzheimer’s Breakthrough

As the nation celebrates Alzheimer’s Awareness month every November it gives all of us the opportunity to learn more about what is being done to find a cure for the disease. Recently the New York Times reported on an important breakthrough. Two Boston neuroscientists Doo Yeon Kim and Rudolph Tanzi created what many are calling “Alzheimer’s in a Dish”- a petri dish that is.

The pair have developed a method in which they grow human brain cells in a petri dish allowing them to study the telltale structures of Alzheimer’s disease. The result is that they have resolved the issue of how to study Alzheimer’s, which is paramount to aiding scientists in the pursuit to finding a cure or at the very least methods to help treat the disease.

“It is a giant step forward for the field,” said Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, an Alzheimer’s researcher at Duke University. “It could dramatically accelerate testing of new drug candidates.”

This news is thrilling to us all. To read the entire story visit this link at: New York Times: Breakthrough Replicates Human Brain Cells for Use in Alzheimer’s Research