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Study finds that aging neurons accumulate DNA damage

May 18, 2020

Study finds that aging neurons accumulate DNA damage

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Anne Trafton | MIT News Office

MIT neuroscientists have discovered that an enzyme called HDAC1 is critical for repairing age-related DNA damage to genes involved in memory and other cognitive functions. This enzyme is often diminished in both Alzheimer’s patients and normally aging adults.

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Study finds “volume dial” for turning neural communication up or down

May 13, 2020

Study finds “volume dial” for turning neural communication up or down

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David Orenstein | Picower Institute

Neuroscientists at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have found that a protein acts like a volume dial for the release of neurotransmitters, the chemicals that neurons release across connections called synapses to stimulate muscles or communicate with other neurons in brain circuits

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Understanding COVID-19

May 11, 2020

Understanding COVID-19

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Tristan Davies | Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

When the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus emerged as a global threat in early 2020, numerous investigators in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Building 46 quickly turned their attention to uderstanding the virus and its effects.

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