Rare genetic mutation triples Alzheimer's risk

A gene so powerful it nearly triples the risk of Alzheimer's disease has been discovered by an international team including researchers from Mayo Clinic. It is the most potent genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's identified in the past 20 years. The findings were reported Wednesday in the online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. 

The gene is TREM2  The encoded protein may be involved in chronic inflammation by triggering the production of constitutive inflammatory cytokines (NCBI)

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