AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 3, 2017

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Scientists ID 100 Memory Genes, Open New Avenues of Brain Study

Scientists have identified more than 100 genes linked to memory, opening new avenues of research to better understand memory processing in the human brain. A study at the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute includes the results of a new strategy to identify genes that underlie specific brain processes. This strategy may eventually help scientists develop treatments for patients with memory impairments. “Our results have provided a lot of new entry points into understanding human memory,” said Genevieve Konopka, MD, assistant professor of Neuroscience with the O’Donnell Brain Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “Many of these genes were not previously linked to memory, but now any number of labs could study them and understand their basic function in the brain. Are they important for brain development; are they more important for aspects of behavior in adults?”

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