A Welsh scientist has uncovered five new genes which it is hoped will lead to fewer people developing Alzheimer’s Disease.
Professor Julie Williams from Cardiff University says the research will help pinpoint what is going wrong in the brain.
Prof. Williams discovery takes the number of identified genes linked to Alzheimer’s to 10 – the new genes affect three bodily processes and could become targets for treatment.
“What I find exciting is that we have found specific gene processes, we now have precise targets to identify treatments.”
Prof. Williams said that if the effect of these genes could be eliminated then the number of cases could be reduced by 60%.
“There are 500,000 people with Alzheimer’s [in the UK] so if you could prevent 60% that would be 300,000 people,” she said.