Alzheimer's and Microbes

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Casey Meskovich


For twenty-five years, professor Ruth Itzhaki’s research on microbes as a possible cause of Alzheimer’s diseases was dismissed and ridiculed. The idea that there could be a potential bridge between two starkly different fields–virology and neurodegeneration–seemed absurd at the time. Now, Itzhaki’s work is the backbone of an ongoing, cutting-edge trial on antiviral treatments for Alzheimer’s at Columbia University.

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