Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Alzheimer’s test ‘breakthrough’

A breakthrough advance that turns conventional wisdom on its head could lead to a simple blood test for Alzheimer's, research has shown.

The same technology, successfully tested on human patients, could make it easier to spot hard-to-detect cancers and other diseases.

It involves using synthetic molecules called peptoids to “fish” for disease-specific antibodies in the blood, said Professor Thomas Kodadek, from Scripps Research Institute in California, who led the research.

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