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Caption: MRI scans show brain tissue loss in carriers of the TREM2 Alzheimer's risk gene mutation at 24 months. The colored areas are the temporal lobes, and the red area is the front of the hippocampus, the area that typically degenerates the earliest if people have Alzheimer's disease. Areas colored red lose tissue fastest at about 3 percent per year.
Credit: Paul M. Thompson, University of Southern California
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