• Genetics explain around 70% of the reason we are prone to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
  • Now, scientists have figured out how to prevent it. It all comes down to the Ankrd16 gene.
  • See, we function and grow because our cells transmit genetic information to proteins. Genes also have a proof-reading mechanism to make sure this information transfer is error-free in nerve cells in the brain’s cerebellum.
  • But as we age, this corrective ability declines, and errors lead to the build-up of improper proteins, which causes neurological disorders.
  • The solution, scientists say, is to boost the levels of Ankrd16, which provides a second layer of proof-reading to prevent pathological defects. Sigh, sub-editors are so underrated.