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Remember The Ice Bucket Challenge? It Just Funded A Major Breakthough In ALS Research
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Remember The Ice Bucket Challenge? It Just Funded A Major Breakthough In ALS Research

Remember the ice bucket challenge? Well, guess what? The charity fundraiser condemned by many as “slacktivism” has just funded a major breakthrough in ALS research.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Project MinE has just identified the gene that is responsible for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or Motor Neuron Disease). This game-changing discovery, published in Nature Genetics, was possible thanks to the 1 million USD that was donated to scientists at the university from the Ice Bucket Challenge. More than 5,000 people each year are diagnosed with ALS in the U.S alone, and the discovery of the gene in question (named NEK1) could lead to a better understanding of, and treatment for, ALS.

“The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge enabled us to secure funding from new sources in new parts of the world,” said Bernard Muller, founder of Project MinE and an ALS patient. “This transatlantic collaboration supports our global gene hunt to identify the genetic drivers of ALS.”

More info: UMASS | alsa.org

Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge back in 2014?

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Millions of people took part to help raise money and awareness for ALS, otherwise known as  Lou Gehrig’s disease

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Well, some of the $100+ million USD raised from the initiative has just helped scientists to make a major breakthrough in ALS research!

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They’ve finally identified the gene that causes ALS. It’s called NEK1

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Many people, including Stephen Hawking, suffer from ALS. Most people die within 2 to 5 years of diagnosis but Hawking has a rare form of the disease

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ALS attacks the body’s nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles. There is currently no cure but discovering NEK1 is a huge step forward

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Maheak
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6 years ago

Well done!

António Lima
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6 years ago

I wish that we should be always like this: HUMANS!

mofoso fisto
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2 years ago (edited)

My first symptoms of ALS occurred in 2011, but was diagnosed in 2013. I had severe symptoms ranging from shortness of breath, balance problems, couldn't walk without a walker or a power chair, i had difficulty swallowing and fatigue. I was given medications which helped but only for a short burst of time, then i decided to try alternative measures and began on ALS Formula treatment from Akanni herbal centre , It has made a tremendous difference for me (Visit www. akanniherbalcentre .com). I had improved walking balance, increased appetite, muscle strength, improved eyesight and others. 

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Maheak
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6 years ago

Well done!

António Lima
Community Member
6 years ago

I wish that we should be always like this: HUMANS!

mofoso fisto
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

My first symptoms of ALS occurred in 2011, but was diagnosed in 2013. I had severe symptoms ranging from shortness of breath, balance problems, couldn't walk without a walker or a power chair, i had difficulty swallowing and fatigue. I was given medications which helped but only for a short burst of time, then i decided to try alternative measures and began on ALS Formula treatment from Akanni herbal centre , It has made a tremendous difference for me (Visit www. akanniherbalcentre .com). I had improved walking balance, increased appetite, muscle strength, improved eyesight and others. 

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