Journal of Undergraduate Research


AB blood type, Alzheimer’s Disease, AD, disease


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Physiology and Developmental Biology


Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a debilitating disease that has increased the hardship of many lives. Many people above the age of 65 have been diagnosed with this genetically complex disease, which financially and emotionally burdens those diagnosed and their families. Earlier this year a study was released that found, using a dataset of individuals that have had strokes, that individuals with AB blood type are more at risk of developing cognitive impairment[1]. This study however was not looking at the genetics of AD. My objective in performing this study was to see if there is a genetic association between Alzheimer’s disease risk and age of onset of AD, and blood type. In the end we could not verify the results of the previously mentioned study.

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