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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Memory and worm genomics

Genome-wide search reveals >750 worm genes involved in long-term memory

January 25, 2015
Whole-genome expression data reveals new genes involved in long-term memory formation in worms (credit: Murphy lab)
A new Princeton University study has identified more than 750 genes involved in long-term memory in the worm — part of research aimed at finding ways to retain cognitive abilities during aging, including compounds.
The study takes a different approach than the recentENIGMA study, which  identified genetic mutations in humans related to brain aging.
The new study, published in the journal Neuron, included many genes that had not been found previously and that could serve as targets for future research, said senior author Coleen Murphy, an associate professor of molecular biology at Princeton and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics./.../

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