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April 03, 2019 Wednesday 01:22:58 PM IST

Keep Learning! Neurons Keep Growing in Parts of Our Brain

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It may be possible to keep learning till old age as new research shows that neurons in certain parts of the brain continue to grow throughout our lives.

The new research report from the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, based on experiments in mice have shown that a single type of stem cell is capable of creating adult neurons for the entire life time in the hippocampus region. The new immature neurons are capable making better connections compared to mature neutrons. This has the potential for improving learning, memory and mood in old age.

The researchers are looking forward to conducting research about these stem cells in other mammals especially humans. The knowledge of the flexibility of our brain can help in devising methods to keep our mind, memories fresh and ever willing to learn.


Source: https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(16)31404-0

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