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Alzheimer's Virus-Like Protein

Tangles of a protein called tau inside neurons may be the culprit behind Alzheimer’s.
Publish Date: Topic: Body + BrainBody & BrainNova
By Ari Daniel and Seeta Joseph

The brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease accumulate both amyloid plaques and tangles of a virus-like protein called tau. Recent experiments have revealed that tau, and not amyloid, is responsible for causing the symptoms that characterize the affliction. And a new drug currently in development may be able to stop tau in its tracks, which would mean significant progress in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

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