Remember all of those wonderful videos you saw on Facebook of people getting ice-cold water dumped on their heads?
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a major social media craze two summers ago, to help raise money and awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease. Now, we're learning about a potential breakthrough, thanks to all of the money raised.
Nationally, 2.5 million people donated $115 million to the ALS Association. The organization says the event was probably the single largest episode of giving outside of a disaster or emergency.
An international research team now reportedly says it has identified a new ALS gene-- NEK1-- with the help of your donations.
According to FOX News, in a just-released study, Project MinE revealed they found a significant association between loss-of-function NEK1 variants and risk of familial ALS.
It gives scientists a new target for therapy development.