Alzheimer’s-Linked Gene Behaves as Virus, Scientists Find in Odd Discovery

Alzheimer’s-Linked Gene Behaves as Virus, Scientists Find in Odd Discovery
Two research teams have independently discovered that a cognition-related gene behaves like a virus in the nervous system — passing on its genetic material between neurons. While scientists are still working to understand the “why” of their discovery, they are in agreement that the mechanism has widespread implications, as it appears necessary for the processes of neuronal plasticity — strengthening connections between nerve cells. Both teams — from the University of Utah and the University of Massachusetts Medical School — published their findings in the journal Cell. “This work is a great example of the importance of basic neuroscience research,
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