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November 08, 2021 Monday 01:07:34 PM IST

Intellectually stimulating factors can reduce the chance of Alzheimer’s

A new study by MIT researchers shows that education level and amount of time spent on intellectually stimulating activities among individuals can activate a gene family called MEF2, which controls a genetic program in the brain that promotes resistance to cognitive decline. The researchers at MIT set out to try to figure how these environmental factors affect the brain at the neuronal level. They looked at human datasets and mouse models in parallel, and both tracks converged on MEF2 as a critical player.

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