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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Donations Lead to Significant Gene Discovery

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  1. Melody Bot

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    The ALSA has reported that the donations received from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has led to a significant gene discovery:

    According to a paper published today in Nature Genetics, researchers part of Project MinE’s global gene sequencing effort, funded by The ALS Association through ALS Ice Bucket Challenge donations, have identified a new ALS gene, NEK1, which now ranks among the most common genes that contribute to the disease, providing scientists with another potential target for therapy development. This was the largest-ever study of familial (inherited) ALS, involved contributions from over 80 researchers in 11 countries, and was led by John Landers, Ph.D., of University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass. and Jan Veldink, Ph.D., of University Medical Center Utrecht, in The Netherlands.

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  2. Supernova Jul 27, 2016
    (Last edited: Jul 27, 2016)

    Prayers/Triangles Prestigious

    This is great news. My dad passed from this disease 6 years ago. No one should have to deal with that again.
  3. honkytonk

    Narcissism on narcotics

    I always kind of got the impression that a lot of people who did this didn't actually donate. It's awesome to see that people did, and even better to see that it's genuinely making a difference for people affected by this disease.
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  4. Serh

    Prestigious Prestigious

    Well, so much for those "slacktivism" accusations...
  5. Luroda

    Consistently Lurking

    This is a win for science. Makes me happy.
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  6. Derek Wright

    Regular Prestigious

    This is great news! My Mother has ALS, it's the worst disease I've ever seen or heard of. I hope one day we will find a cure.. hopefully before it takes her life. #FuckALS #Prayers #ILoveYouMom
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