Meghana Keshavan, Biotech Correspondent at STAT, a national publication focused on finding and telling compelling stories about health, medicine, and scientific discovery, has crafted a fascinating account of two sisters and their quest to understand APOE4, the portion of the gene APOE that substantially increases their risk of developing Alzheimer’s. They know they both carry the gene, and there’s a history of Alzheimer’s in their family, so they have set out on a personal mission to “demystify” the disease. Ms. Keshavan’s STAT article not only chronicles the efforts of the two sisters–Betty Gleason Lacy and Shelley Alvarado–as they explore information sources across the country, but also provides a quick, basic orientation to some of the science behind Alzheimer’s and the APOE gene. It’s a pretty good read…check it out here.


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