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Alzheimer’s in apes?

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Humans may not be the only primates susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease. A new American study has revealed that aged chimpanzees can develop protein plaques and tangles in the brain, similar to those seen in early stage Alzheimer’s. However, it is still unclear whether the animals go on to develop dementia. “If we could identify the things that are similar and different in chimpanzees and humans, we can start to unlock why humans are so uniquely susceptible to this pathology,” study leader Mary Ann Raghanti, a biological anthropologist at Kent State University in Ohio, tells website nature.com. The study was published in journal Neurobiology of Aging.

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Featured in Harmony — Celebrate Age Magazine
September 2017