In this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, two women get doused during the ice bucket challenge at Boston's Copley Square to raise funds and awareness for ALS. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
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The Ice Bucket Challenge that went viral two years ago, raising hundreds of millions of dollars, has helped identify a new gene behind the neurodegenerative disease ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, researchers say.The challenge raised $220 million worldwide, according to the Washington-based ALS Association.The money funded the largest ever study of inherited ALS and identified a new gene, NEK1, that ranks among the most common genes that contribute to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the ALS Association said in a statement Monday.
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