Gene variant may prevent cognitive decline in elderly

04/20/2010 | HealthDay News

Older people carrying the Val variant in the catechol-O-methyltransferase, or COMT, gene are more likely to perform well in cognitive skills tests than those who don't have the gene variant, U.S. researchers found. "Finding connections between this gene, its variants and cognitive function may help scientists find new treatments for the prevention of cognitive decline," the study author said.

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