A newly characterized form of tau may be involved in initiating Alzheimer’s disease

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The tau protein accumulates in abnormal shapes in the brains of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), but the early steps of tau misfolding and aggregation are unknown. A team led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Boston Children’s Hospital, recently used advanced proteomics methods to identify a new…

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Netflix’s ‘You Are What You Eat’ uses a twin study. Why studying twins is so important for science

[ad_1] Still from “You Are What You Eat.” Credit: Netflix A new Netflix documentary, “You Are What You Eat,” showcases sets of identical twins as they adopt different diets. For eight weeks one twin follows a vegan diet while the other one follows an omnivorous diet. The experiment is compelling because, being genetically identical, the…

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