Scientists Restore Youthful Plasticity to the Brains of Adult Mice

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 11:52 in Biology & Nature

Like the rest of the body, the brain loses flexibility with age, impacting the ability to learn, remember, and adapt. Now, scientists at University of Utah Health report they can rejuvenate the plasticity of the mouse brain, specifically in the visual cortex. Published today in PNAS, the study shows that manipulating a single gene triggers the shift, revealing it as a target for new treatments to recover the brain's youthful potential.

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