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The future and more from Richard Sprague

Posted by sprague on June 10, 2004

Harvard research, summarized in this WSJ article (subscription required: WSJ.com – As Early as Age 40, Genes in the Brain Begin to Deteriorate) published in the journal Nature the results of a study using genechips. They tested the expression of 11,000 genes from brain tissue in 30 people at various ages and found 20 genes critical for memory and learning that decline in activity at age 40 and beyond.

Senior author Bruce Yanker is a professor of neurology and neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Also see Gary Small, director of the Center on Aging at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies the effect of lifestyle changes on aging.

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