Ice Bucket Challenge Leads to Gene Discovery in Fight to End ALS
Remember back to 2014? Everywhere you went on the Internet and Facebook, all you could see was the Ice Bucket Challenge. Heck, I even did it! A lot of people were pooh-poohing the Challenge, as just another fad, but it successfully raised $115 million in 8 weeks!
With all that money, the ALS Association was able to fund numerous research projects, including one that has led to the discovery of a new ALS gene, NEK1, which now ranks among the most common genes that contribute to the disease, providing scientists with another potential target for therapy development.
You can read more about this discovery HERE.
So for everyone who took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, or donated money.. Well Done! Your efforts and money have advanced the progress in fighting and hopefully one day eliminating ALS.