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Is TREM2 a genetic risk factor for FTD?

TREM2 is a gene that produces a protein known to be involved in the immune system, the part of the body that protects us against disease. In the brain, the cells with immune functions are called microglia, and these cells protect the brain from foreign invaders and remove dead nerve cells and other debris. There […]


Use of newly developed genetic technologies to study frontotemporal dementia

Much of what we understand about FTD is based on work defining the genetic basis of disease.  However, as this recent work shows, sometimes screening the usual suspects is not enough.