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Sugar-Burning In Brain Is Associated With Continued Growth, Remodeling, Allen Institute for Brain Science Study


1/8/2014 6:27:54 AM

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Although brain growth slows as individuals age, some regions of the brain continue to develop for longer than others, creating new connections and remodeling existing circuitry. How this happens is a key question in neuroscience, with implications for brain health and neurodegenerative diseases. New research published today shows that those areas of the adult brain that consume more fuel than scientists might expect also share key characteristics with the developing brain. Two Allen Brain Atlas resources – the Allen Human Brain Atlas and the BrainSpan Atlas of the Developing Human Brain – were crucial to uncovering the significance of these sugar-hungry regions. The results are published this month in the journal Cell Metabolism.

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