ALS ice bucket challenge funds lead to research breakthrough

The ALS Foundation that brought the world the Ice bucket challenge to raise funds for Motor Neuron disease research is reporting a breakthrough.

The research study funded by money collected from the global ice bucket challenge, has identified a new gene, NEK1, that ranks among the most common genes that contribute to ALS.

The ALS Association explain how this genetic research will have a big impact on understanding and beginning to find a cure for the disease.

What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease (MND)? Here are some facts from the ALS Association:

  • fatal, rapidly progressive disease that affects the brain and spinal cord
  • attacks nerves that control movement so muscles refuse to work (sensory nerves are not usually affected)
  • can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually, breathe
  • affects people from all communities
  • scientist Stephen Hawking is best-known person with the disease
  • kills around a third of people within a year of diagnosis and more than half within two years
  • until now, there is no known cure

The ALS Association are convinced that the discovery of NEK1 through Project MinE’s large, global collaborative effort will bring us a step closer to finding a treatment and cure for ALS.

And here is one of the most famous ice bucket challenges that helped raise the money, that of Bill Gates.


This article first appeared on 702 : ALS ice bucket challenge funds lead to research breakthrough


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