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Daily Difference: Vital Signs (Alzheimer's Disease / Research) #578861

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 11, 1991
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Research report said documented in the British journal "Nature". Report introduced.

(New York: Robert Bazell) Research creating an Alzheimer's-like disease in mice to facilitate research featured; scenes shown from nursing home for Alzheimer's patients affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. [Albert Einstein College of Medicine Dr. Howard CRYSTAL - comments on lack of treatments.] Difficulty researching Alzheimer's treatments due to lack of its existence in animals noted. [New York Mt. Sinai Medical Center Dr. Jon GORDON - comments on Alzheimer's-like disease induced in laboratory mice.] [Albert Einstein College of Medicine Dr. Peter DAVIES - comments on need to develop good models for Alzheimer's disease.] Photo shown of protein plaques which form in the brain of Alzheimer's patients; scientists recalled recently isolating gene which causes these plaques; scenes shown of Gordon's injection of this gene into mouse egg to create an Alzheimer's-like disease in offspring; implications for research noted.

Bazell, Robert;
Brokaw, Tom

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