Stem cells are a source of continious new neurons even in adult life
The source of new neurons in the brain discovered - interesting science news

While it was once believed that mammals cannot make new neurons throughout life, researchers have shown that in mice there is a type of stem cell that makes adult neurons in the brain hippocampus all along.

It has been shown for the first time that neurons from in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus come from a single population of stem cells and these are more flexible as compared to mature neurons which is important for healthy memory, learning and mood.

This is like adding new units to a computers motherboard thereby keeping it at an optimal functional status. This discovery could help us understand how to repair and regenerate brain parts after injury and aging.

Read the full story: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Scientific publication: Cell


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