Did you ever participate in the ALC Ice Bucket Challenge? You remember what that was for?
Yes, that’s right, it was the ice water you dumped over you head and then you called out some friends to do the same challenge and if they didn’t do it, they donated money to ALS.
That challenge raised the ALS Association one million dollars during the ice bucket craze and the challenged helped raise money to help identify new ALS gene.
It was donated to the Project MinE, this was what they used to identify a gene, NEK1, that’s something that is linked to ALS.
“The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge enabled us to secure funding from new sources in new parts of the world,” Muller said in a statement. “Thankfully, The ALS Association brought Project MinE to the United States. The transatlantic collaboration supports our global gene hunt to identify the genetic drivers of ALS. I’m incredibly pleased with the discovery of the NEK1 gene adding another step towards our ultimate goal, eradicating this disease from the face of the earth.”
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