The Ice Bucket Challenge is a distant, chilly memory, but the scientific breakthroughs funded by its donations keep on coming.
Researchers identified a gene that contributes to ALS, the ALS Association announced Monday. It’s the third important research breakthrough funded by the Ice Bucket Challenge, which resulted in 17 million videos of participants dumping freezing water over themselves.
Project MinE, a University of Massachusetts Medical School project, received $1 million of the $115 million raised through the Ice Bucket Challenge. It used that money to identify the gene, which is known as NEK1, giving researchers a new target for possible treatments.
Well would you look at that!!! Finally something on the internet worked out and came true.
Big props to Pete Frates for raising more than $100 million for the ALS Association and getting this done!!!