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Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? Turns out it was useful.

The once viral Ice Bucket Challenge -- you know, that thing last summer where people were dumping ice water on themselves -- reached $115 million in donations. The challenge was created to raise funds and awareness for ALS, aka Lou Gehrig's disease. You had to either take an ice shower or donate money to the ALS Association, or do both and a bunch of celebrities helped made it break the internet.

You remember.

The campaign funded a number of research projects, one of which, Project MinE, identified a new gene associated with the disease. And a University of Massachusetts Medical Schoo Project brought about the discovery of gene NEK1, which could provide new treatments for the disease.

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Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? Turns out it was useful.

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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