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Genetic test can tell age a person is likely to develop Alzheimer’s

Anew genetic test which calculates the age that a person is likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, has been developed by scientists.

The technique involves checking for mutations in 26 genes which were found in tens of thousands of dementia patients and which can be used to calculate an individual ‘hazard score.’

Previous genetic testing for Alzheimer’s has largely relied on looking for defects in the APOE gene, which is known to raise the risk of disease 15 fold.

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Written by Sarah Knapton for The Telegraph

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