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By Evelyn B Kelly

Alzheimer's disorder is the commonest kind of dementia in older adults, robbing them in their minds and dignity. providing a historical past of the situation, this identify seems on the human genome and explores how the items of the Alzheimer's puzzle are starting to healthy jointly.

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Anyone can get lost in a strange city or unfamiliar place, but not in their own neighborhood. Ingrained activities can be performed without extra mental effort. in34 34 8/21/08 4:48:14 PM AD—Symptoms and Behavior 35 At this stage the person may begin to complain about his or her memory. If he or she is still working, he or she may not be doing his or her job correctly; when a problem is pointed out, he or she may deny that the problem happened. Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease In moderate AD, the damage to the brain is worsening and has spread to cover a larger area of the brain.

Codons along the messenger RNA control the sequence of amino acids in a forming protein. If written out, the human genome’s 3 billion letters would require nearly 1,000 volumes, each as long as a Harry Potter novel. How can anyone possibly make sense out of all these letters to find genes that cause disease? How dedicated scientists have identified these genes is a fascinating story that is still unraveling. in52 52 8/21/08 4:48:21 PM 5 FINDING FAULTY GENES I n the late 1980s and early 1990s, and again in a recent movie, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became heroes to children everywhere.

That process by which mRNA directs the construction of protein molecules is called translation. There are 20 different amino acids used to build proteins. These amino acids can be assembled in a vast number of ways. The arrangement, or sequence, of amino acids determines the primary structure of the protein. The chain of amino acids may twist, coil, and fold back on itself, making it a very complex molecule. Understanding how proteins are synthesized and how they work is essential in understanding the complex molecules that are involved in AD research.

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