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Alzheimer’s-Linked Gene Could be Re-shuffling its Own DNA

APP, the gene responsible for making beta-amyloid in the brain, may be able to reshuffle its own DNA, scientists from Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in California have claimed. This development could explain why most drugs to treat Alzheimer’s, which are designed to remove beta-amyloid protein build-ups in the brain, have proven ineffective in clinical trials.

Weekend Reads

This week: Reversed ageing, pig organs, the future of humankind and citizen scientists using genetics to solve past crimes. 

Calico and AbbVie Renew Vows

Calico’s funding goes up to $2.5 billion, as Alphabet (Google’s parent company) and AbbVie commit a further $500 million each.