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The Gordian Helix

Dementia, Normal Brain Activity Both Cause DNA Damage: Study

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Friday, March 29, 2013

Scientists have discovered that normal brain activity induces DNA damage, and that such damage is induced more strongly, and repaired more slowly, in the brains of mice with Alzheimer's disease. The findings suggest new possibilities for fighting neuronal damage in Alzheimer's disease, and such DNA breaks may also be a newly discovered mechanism of memory storage under normal circumstances.

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