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The red-hot debate about transmissible Alzheimer's

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A controversial study has suggested that the neurodegenerative disease might be transferred from one person to another. Now scientists are racing to find out whether that is true.

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  • 17 March 2016

    This article has been corrected to reflect the fact that growth hormone was derived from the pituitary glands, not adrenal glands, of human cadavers.

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Abbott, A. The red-hot debate about transmissible Alzheimer's. Nature 531, 294–297 (2016).

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