Did rapid brain evolution make humans susceptible to Alzheimers?

Friday, March 26, 2010 - 16:21 in Biology & Nature

Of the millions of animals on Earth, including the relative handful that are considered the most intelligent — including apes, whales, crows, and owls — only humans experience the severe age-related decline in mental abilities marked by Alzheimer’s disease. To Bruce Yankner, professor of pathology and neurology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), it’s pretty clear that evolution is to blame. read more

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