Ice Bucket Challenge funds contribute to discovery of gene linked to ALS

July 27, 2016 3:21 AM

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The Ice Bucket Challenge is being credited with helping to raise significant funds that have allowed researchers to identify a gene found to be one of the most common in people with the deadly disease that affects neurons in the brain and spinal cord.

The Challenge became a sensation two summers ago and involved participants -- including many athletes and celebrities -- pouring ice water over their heads to help raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

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