Alzheimer's gene poses both risk and benefits -- MEDICA Trade Fair

Alzheimer's gene poses both risk and benefits

10/10/2017

 Image: Immune cells are more activated (red) in the brains of mice with the gene TREM2 (left) than in those without the gene (right); Copyright: DAVID HOLTZMAN LAB

Scientists drilling down to the molecular roots of Alzheimer's disease have encountered a good news/bad news scenario. A major player is a gene called TREM2, mutations of which can substantially raise a person's risk of the disease.