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The Alzheimer Conundrum by Margaret Lock

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Chapter 5

Alzheimer Genes: Biomarkers of Prediction and Prevention

Every morning she wakes up a little further away from us. Yet she still manages to convey something, if only with a glance, of the world she is entering. Beyond the fear and the loss, she seems to say, there is life of a sort here, at the dark edge where everything is crumbling.

—Michael Ignatieff, Scar Tissue1

In a 1997 article titled “Plundered Memories,” Zaven Khachaturian, then the director of the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute of the Alzheimer’s Association, and later director of the Office of Alzheimer Disease Research Center at NIH, wrote,

Some critics ask whether genetic research is worth the resources it consumes and the anguish it will bring to those who ...

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