Worms Reveal Link Between Dementia Gene and Ageing, University of Sydney Study

Published: Jul 23, 2013

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The discovery of a link between a specific gene and ageing in a species of worm could reveal valuable lessons for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Low levels of the protein generated from the gene known as 'tau'—also present in humans—not only hastens age-related changes in the brain of the worm, but also shortens the worm's life, Sydney University PhD candidate Yee Lian Chew has found.

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