On the trail of neurons:San Diego Union Tribune, Nov. 2,2005

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On the trail of neurons:San Diego Union Tribune, Nov. 2,2005

Post by segarama » Wed Nov 02, 2005 6:21 pm

Interesting article in the San Diego Union Tribune dated November 2, 2005 by Staff writer Bruce Lieberman.

Exactly how stem cells in the adult brain becomes neurons is a mystery. But scientists have now identified a molecule that appears to help trigger the change.

Fred Gage, of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, found that a protein called Wnt3 is critical to the proliferation of neurons in the brain.

In all mammals, neurons are generated in two small parts of the brain: the olfactory bulb, which processes odors, and the hippocampus, which is involved in forming memories and learning.

The Salk study was published Oct.27 in the Journal Nature.

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Post by LaNcE222 » Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:04 pm

Thats very interesting and will help someone someday i guess

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