In 2014, an viralizou action in the world and reached unimaginable proportions, despite receiving a discredit earlier in the campaign. The “Challenge Ice Bucket” grossed about $ 115 million (more than US $ 377 million) to be invested in scientific research seeking to understand more about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Despite the great popularity and participation of famous as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and others, some people still suspicious that the challenge would generate something as positive as happened this week. A survey carried out by the mine, an international project that analyzed the genomes of 15,000 people with motor neuron disease, found that a specific gene, Nek1 may contribute to ALS disease.

The study was published in the journal Nature Genetics and described the research on the hereditary ALS. More than 80 researchers in 11 countries searching for disease gene in affected families. This discovery opens the way for the development of gene therapy for the treatment of disease.

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