The Researchers team from the University of Melbourne had already indentified a genetic change that occurred in patients’ brains.
“The first part of the study we sequenced 50 people – 23 had Alzhimer’s and 23 were controls and then there were another few that were in an in-between stage,” Professor Hill said. He said researchers then identified 16 out of 1400 microRNA that had changed in Alzheimer’s patients.
A blood test has been developed to predict if someone will develop Alzheimer’s up to two decades before they showed signs of dementia.
“We’re hoping that this test might also help in drug trials and looking at how the drug trials are actually working,” he said.