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By Evelyn B Kelly

Alzheimer's affliction is the commonest kind of dementia in older adults, robbing them in their minds and dignity. proposing a background of the situation, this identify seems to be on the human genome and explores how the items of the Alzheimer's puzzle are starting to healthy jointly.

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Mental diseases, such as depression, have obvious symptoms of sadness and withdrawal from the world. Alzheimer’s disease and “sailing into the darkness,” however, are not easy to diagnose, especially in early stages. Doctors must rely on certain signs and behaviors for clues. In people with AD, changes in the brain may begin 10 to 20 years before noticeable symptoms appear. The area of the brain thought to control memory, the hippocampus, may be the first to shrink. How can doctors diagnose the disease if they cannot look into the living brain?

If written out, the human genome’s 3 billion letters would require nearly 1,000 volumes, each as long as a Harry Potter novel. How can anyone possibly make sense out of all these letters to find genes that cause disease? How dedicated scientists have identified these genes is a fascinating story that is still unraveling. in52 52 8/21/08 4:48:21 PM 5 FINDING FAULTY GENES I n the late 1980s and early 1990s, and again in a recent movie, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became heroes to children everywhere.

What day of the week is it? This test is a piece of cake. It would be easy for most people to pass. A person in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, however, would not be able to answer questions from this simple and quick test used for diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. SAILING INTO DARKNESS Iris Murdoch (1919–1999) was a brilliant writer and professor at Oxford University in Great Britain. She wrote fantasy novels and psychological thrillers, sometimes composing entire books in her mind. She was such a perfectionist that she would not let editors change one word of her writing.

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