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Deciphering structure of a toxic matter that destroys the nerves in the brain

Alzheimer’s disease—also called dementia—where memory and cognitive functions gradually decline due to deformation and death of neurons, and Parkinson’s disease, that causes tremors in hands and arms impeding normal movement—are major neurodegenerative diseases. Recently, a research team at POSTECH has identified the structure of the agent that causes Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases to occur together.