Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that primarily affects individuals above the age of 65 and is often associated with memory loss, one of its chief symptoms. Although it was first discovered by Alois Alzheimer in 1906, AD has only recently garnered attention proportionate to the impact it is expected to have as the world’s population ages at increasing rates. Despite the certainty of this its importance, there is much the medical and scientific communities do not know about the etiology of this disease. This paper will discuss a few of the reasons for this lack of knowledge by specifically describing the definite but unclear influence of genetics and pathology on the clinical symptoms of AD.
Strander, Sumita M.
"Uncertain Influences: Genetics, Pathology, and Alzheimer’s Disease,"
Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science: Vol. 19
, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.dartmouth.edu/dujs/vol19/iss3/6