In many ways, we are the sum of our collective memories. First kisses, proms, weddings, and birthdays – we cling to cherished moments, letting them shape our lives and our interactions with others. But for many people, Alzheimer’s disease strips them of their memories and of their past.
Families afflicted with Alzheimer’s never know how fast their loved ones are going to react to the disease, which can progress from confusion and memory-loss into full-blown dementia. But researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have uncovered a way to predict the rate that Alzheimer’s disease will progress.
From the Dodo bird to the Chinese river dolphin, loss of environment, often from human interference, has left a slew of endangered and extinct species on planet Earth. Very often, this extinction occurs before humans have enough warning to do anything about it.
But what if scientists could predict when a species was in danger of reaching extinction in time to do something to change it?
I'm Emily Greenhalgh, a Boston-based science writer, editor, and illustrator.
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