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Korean scientist claims new cure for dementia
August 31, 2005
Prof. Kim Jae-seob at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology may have found a cure for Alzheimer's disease. The 42-year-old said on August 5 that his team found four chemicals that control a gene responsible for causing dementia after a genetic analysis of flies.
Kim claimed that three of the four chemicals were not harmful to humans, brightening the prospects for successful clinical tests. "When we conducted a pre-clinical test with mice, the chemicals blocked a dementia-causing gene, which our team cannot reveal at the moment," Kim said.
Kim's team already applied for four international patents with their breakthrough findings on dementia. He expects his team to start clinical tests based on their findings early next year, possibly in the United States.
Dementia refers to a progressive decline in cognitive function due to damage or disease in the brain beyond what may be expected from a normal aging brain.
By 2025, the number of dementia patients is likely to reach 37 million throughout the world and the market for anti-dementia drugs is expected to grow to 8 trillion won.
The medical feat was featured in the Britain-based journal Nature.