Towards the collapse of old age
1987/10/01 Elhuyar Zientzia Iturria: Elhuyar aldizkaria
Alzheimer's disease or old age madness is responsible for 70% of all diseases. Recently, an important step has been taken in the fight against this disease. The biologist Konrad Byreuther has just identified the genes that cause the disease.
These genes sleep, but at one point they begin to work – especially in old age – and create an albumin that attacks neuronal membranes. The neurons are damaged and the patient cannot control their actions. In the final phase, the patient becomes a kind of plant: he cannot reason, eat on his own, dress or other things. It has a total dependency.
Five years later, with the help of genetic engineering, it is believed that this disease will be overcome.