New study reverses Alzheimer’s in mice, while similar big clinical trial fails

On the left is a brain of a 10-month old mouse with amyloid plaques marked in ...

A new study has successfully reversed both the biological and behavioral hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease in mouse models. The research found that slowly depleting the presence of a certain enzyme can reverse the formation of amyloid plaques in the brain. Illustrating the tricky path current Alzheimer’s research faces, the study was published literally hours after giant pharmaceutical company Merck announced the cancellation of a Phase 3 clinical trial surrounding a drug that targets the exact same enzyme.

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