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A team of researchers, based in the United Sates, in collaboration with colleagues in South Korea and Germany, have developed a new approach for studying Alzheimer’s disease in the lab. The scientists used human nerve cells and modified their DNA sequence so that it carried the same mutation seen in people with familial Alzheimer’s disease. Due to this mutation, the modified nerve cells produced large amounts of amyloid, a major culprit in the progression of Alzheimer’s. Rather than growing the cells flat in a dish, the cells grew in a gel, to create a 3D structure, a little more like what is seen in the brain than the typical lab dish. At Alzheimer’s Research UK