It was about this time a couple of years ago that the Ice Bucket Challenge took over the country, with people dumping buckets of ice on themselves (and others) to raise awareness and money for ALS research.
The massive, socially-driven fund raising push saw 17 million people posting videos online and a slew of celebrities from Bill Gates to Steph Curry getting soaked to raise awareness for ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease.
It turns out that the campaign raised enough money to help make an important research breakthrough,one that might not have been possible without the millions of buckets of ice.
One million dollars went towards Project MinE, a University of Massachusetts Medical School Project that was able to identify a gene NEK1 that is responsible for the degenerative disease.
“The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge enabled The ALS Association to invest in Project MinE’s work to create large biorepositories of ALS biosamples that are designed to allow exactly this kind of research and to produce exactly this kind of result,” he continued.
This is the third ALS-related gene researchers have discovered using money from the Ice Bucket Challenge, which is encouraging news for everyone dealing with such a discouraging disease.
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