Issue Date: July 5, 2010
Amyloid’s Functions Expand
“Amyloid-β” has become a four-letter word for some researchers of Alzheimer’s disease.
The pesky peptide has long been seen as a possible cause of Alzheimer’s. It clumps into aggregates that could trigger the disease by mucking up brain tissue and interfering with normal neurological processes.
Evidence is mounting, however, that amyloid-β plays non-disease-causing roles in the brain. “Have we established that to be so?” asks Robert D. Moir, an Alzheimer’s researcher at Massachusetts . . .
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