Transferring the intestinal bacteria of mice with Alzheimer’s disease into healthy mice caused the healthy mice to develop more beta-amyloid plaques in the brain. Beta-amyloid plaques are a hallmark sign of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 30 million people worldwide and is not a curable disease today.
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