Ice Bucket Challenge donations help discover gene linked to ALS

Two summers ago, the world was swept by the Ice Bucket Challenge sensation which was on talk shows everywhere and all over social media. The challenge raised awareness of of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and countless donations.

In total, the Ice Bucket Chellenge raised more than $100 million in donations.

According to reports, $1 million of that money went to the Project MinE research project. And now, in a study found this week, it’s been announced that the contributions helped assist researchers locate a gene, NEK1, linked to the disease.

“The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge enabled us to secure funding from new sources in new parts of the world,” said Bernard Muller, via ESPN.com. “This transatlantic collaboration supports our global gene hunt to identify the genetic drivers of ALS. I’m incredibly pleased with the discovery of the NEK1 gene adding another step towards our ultimate goal, eradicating this disease from the face of the earth.”

It’s great to see that a cause which the nation rallied around has led to such a groundbreaking discovery.

Hopefully this is just the first discovery in the long battle against ALS as researchers and medical professionals continue to work hard at ridding the world of the horrible disease.

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