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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Growing New Neurons In Old Brains

Scientists Want to Grow New Neurons in Old Brains

Mounce | June 17, 2016

A new technique prepares donor neural stem cells and grafts them into an older brain. The work hints at the possibility of replacing brain cells and restoring memory.
Researchers took neural stem cells and implanted them into the hippocampus—which plays an important role in making new memories and connecting them to emotions—essentially enabling them to regenerate tissue. The findings, from work with rats, appear in the journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine.
“We chose the hippocampus because it’s so important in learning, memory, and mood function,” says Ashok K. Shetty, professor in the department of molecular and cellular medicine, associate director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and his team at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

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