An ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) research breakthrough was aided financially all thanks to the ridiculously viral Ice Bucket Challenge from 2014. Many people did not take the true cause for the challenge seriously and only posted videos for the sake of looking ?cool? amongst their friends. But turns out, those who actually took it seriously have helped in funding an important breakthrough on ALS research.
The challenge became a global phenomenon two summers ago in which people poured a bucket of iced water over their heads and nominated others to do the same in order to solicit donations for ALS research.
Numerous celebrities took the plunge and dunked iced water over their heads and pledged their support. And two years later, the University of Massachusetts Medical School?s ?Project MinE? just discovered the gene responsible for ALS.
According to NYDaily, the identified gene is called NEK1, whose variants could provide clues to the possible treatment of ALS.
In a statement by Bernard Muller, an ALS patient and founder of Project MinE, he said that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge enabled them to secure enough funding from all over the world.
The breakthrough became possible because the ALS Association was able to donate $1 million from the Ice Bucket Challenge. He added that, ?This transatlantic collaboration supports our global gene hunt to identify the genetic drivers of ALS.?
While Brian Frederick, ALS Association executive vice president of communications and development, said via TheGuardian: ?It?s very exciting because it shows everyone who contributed to the ice bucket challenge that their donation had an impact on the research. The work that Project MinE is doing is really important, and the discovery of this new gene will help us better understand ALS.?
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge proved to be a success even though people mostly thought of it as just another crazy trend on social media. To celebrate its success, check out these memorable fails and funniest moments because they too somehow contributed to the research?s success: