Study: Older brains' stem cells divide less often than young

12/24/2006 | Washington Post, The

A new study of rats determined that stem cells in the older animals' brains tended to divide less frequently than in younger brains, causing a big drop in new nerve cells. The research was centered on the part of the brain associated with learning and memory, so researchers suggest stimulating the brain to grow new cells could treat Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.

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