Originally published May 22.

Genentech is planning to study whether the investigational drug crenezumab can prevent Alzheimer's in a patient population genetically predisposed to get the degenerative disease.

Moreover, by investigating the drug in a genetically homogeneous group, Roche subsidiary Genentech is hoping to test the theory that amyloid beta molecules – the major component comprising plaque deposits in the brains of Alzheimer's patients – cause the disease.

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