An Upside to Amyloids

These proteins, once thought to be universally toxic, may actually have a therapeutic benefit.

Amyloids have long been considered the rogues of neuroscience. In the brain, these sticky barnacle-like proteins are believed to be the culprits behind the memory-robbing ravages of Alzheimer’s disease. But some startling discoveries are fueling a counterintuitive view of amyloid proteins. Perhaps they aren’t the villains scientists once thought they were.

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