“A single gene that encodes a protein responsible for age-related cognitive losses.”

Old brains as good as young ones

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Tue, Apr 9th, 2019 11:28 by capnasty NEWS

According to New Atlas, Stanford neuroscientists have discovered that a single gene is responsible for age-related cognitive losses. After targeting it with special blocking atibodies, research showed that the brains of old mice started working as well as those of young ones.

It all starts with the microglia, a class of brain cells responsible for immune responses and routine cleanup. Among many other functions, microglia spend their time gobbling up bits of protein deposits and cellular debris that result from normal brain activity, and it's long been known that their garbage-collecting performance deteriorates with age.

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