posted on Mar, 29 2013 @ 05:20 PM
I recently stumbled upon this very interesting article regarding the blob of meat gift-wrapped between our ears.
Felt it was my responsibility to share it, as these types of discoveries are probably the best kind of food for thought.
The flip of a single molecular switch helps create the mature neuronal connections that allow the brain to bridge the gap between adolescent
impressionability and adult stability.
Now Yale School of Medicine researchers have reversed the process, recreating a youthful brain that facilitated both learning and healing in the
Scientists have long known that the young and old brains are very different. Adolescent brains are more malleable or plastic, which allows them to
learn languages more quickly than adults and speeds recovery from brain injuries. The comparative rigidity of the adult brain results in part from the
function of a single gene that slows the rapid change in synaptic connections between neurons.
^ Please read the full article.
By monitoring the synapses in living mice over weeks and months, Yale researchers have identified the key genetic switch for brain maturation a study
released March 6 in the journal Neuron. The Nogo Receptor 1 gene is required to suppress high levels of plasticity in the adolescent brain and create
the relatively quiescent levels of plasticity in adulthood. In mice without this gene, juvenile levels of brain plasticity persist throughout
adulthood. When researchers blocked the function of this gene in old mice, they reset the old brain to adolescent levels of plasticity.
This is so damn interesting.
“It suggests we can turn back the clock in the adult brain and recover from trauma the way kids recover.”
The possibilities are endless.
More overwhelming proof that we are entering a medical renaissance.
Hats off to these scientists, one step closer to fighting things such as alzheimers, schizophrenia, and a myriad of other traumas such as 'old age'.
The concepts in the article are great too. Really digging the way they describe a 'mature' brain to a 'youthful' brain.
Stay young ATS