Progress Reported In Development Of Blood Test For Alzheimer’s.

BBC News (7/29, Gallagher) reports that according to research published July 26 in the journal Genome Biology, investigators report progress in the development of “a blood test that could diagnose Alzheimer’s.” The test, which in trials involving 202 people showed an accuracy rate of 93%, “showed differences in the tiny fragments of genetic material floating in the blood” may be used to help identify patients with Alzheimer’s. In particular, the test focuses on “12 microRNAs in the blood which were present in markedly different levels” in patients with Alzheimer’s.

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— “Alzheimer’s blood test edges closer, “James Gallagher, BBC News, July 28, 2013.

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