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Dickkopf molecule makes fountain of youth in the brain run dry, say researchers

February 07, 2013

Dickkopf molecule makes fountain of youth in the brain run dry, say researchers

Researchers find that significantly more neurons are generated in the brains of older animals if a signaling molecule called Dickkopf-1 is turned off.

Researchers have found the cause of age-related cognitive decline.

Age-related cognitive decline is associated with decreasing production of new neurons. Researchers from the German Cancer Research Center have discovered that significantly more neurons are generated in the brains of older animals if a signaling molecule called Dickkopf-1 is turned off, according to a news release from the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.

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