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Alzheimer’s study reveals 42 new genes that may drive risk

An international team of researchers has identified 75 genes linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, including 42 genes previously not associated with the disease.

(Corrie Pelc/ Medical News Today) — Although Alzheimer’s disease does not always have a clear genetic cause, genes are considered a risk factor for the disease. And past research has identified certain genes associated with Alzheimer’s.

Now, an international team of researchers from eight partner countries has found a total of 75 genes linked to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Of those genes, 42 are new genes that had not previously been associated with the disease.

The results from this study appear in the journal Nature Genetics. (…)