A class of proteins promises to prevent one of the most debilitating diseases.

MIT scientists have discovered that sirtuins, a class of proteins found in the human body may be able to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. In an experiment done on lab mice, the scientists found that mice who produced excessive amounts of sirtuin performed better in memory tests and were less likely to develop brain plaques associated with Alzheimer’s than those that produced no sirtuin.

Earlier studies have also shown that sirtuins may be capable of extending lifespans of animals.

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