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Researchers discover a simple amoeba holds the key to better treatment for Alzheimer's disease

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Scientists have discovered the use of a simple single-celled amoeba to understand the function of human proteins in causing Alzheimer’s disease.

The new study, published in the Journal of Cell Science today (Friday 24 January) by researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Institute of Psychiatry King’s College London, reveals how the amoeba will enable a better understanding of the function of these Alzheimer’s disease-associated proteins in the cell without the need for testing on animals, with the ultimate aim of developing improved treatments for the degenerative disease.

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