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The ALS ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ actually worked

All those buckets of ice dumped on everyone — from celebrities to your mom — in 2014’s viral “Ice Bucket Challenge” craze were actually worth something.

The $115 million donated in the eight-week period of the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014 led to a significant gene discovery, the ALS Association said.

According to a paper published this week, researchers from Project MinE’s global gene sequencing effort identified a new ALS gene, NEK1. The gene, which ranks among the most common genes that contributes to the disease, serves as a target for therapy development.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control muscle movement and eventually makes it impossible to breathe.

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