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Scientists have developed a new genetic test for Alzheimer’s risk that can be used to predict the age at which a person will develop the disease.

A high score on the test, which is based on 31 genetic markers, can translate to being diagnosed many years earlier than those with a low-risk genetic profile, the study found. Those ranked in the top 10% in terms of risk were more than three times as likely to develop Alzheimer’s during the course of the study, and did so more than a decade before those who ranked in the lowest 10%.

Rahul Desikan, of the University of California – who led the international effort, said the test could be used to calculate any individual’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s that year.

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Image: By US National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center – http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Resources/HighRes.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4467134

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