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Deleting Certain Gene Makes Mice Smarter 259 259

Posted by Soulskill
from the break-out-the-ribonucleic-scissors dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Deleting a certain gene in mice can make them smarter by unlocking a mysterious region of the brain considered to be relatively inflexible, scientists at Emory University School of Medicine have found. Mice with a disabled RGS14 gene are able to remember objects they'd explored and learn to navigate mazes better than regular mice, suggesting that RGS14's presence limits some forms of learning and memory."
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Deleting Certain Gene Makes Mice Smarter

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  • The Rain Mouse? (Score:1, Informative)

    by ConaxConax (1886430) on Sunday September 19, 2010 @05:26AM (#33625834)
    From TFA: "The lack of RGS14 doesn't seem to hurt the altered mice, but it is still possible that they have their brain functions changed in a way that researchers have not yet been able to spot. Besides being resistant to injury by seizure, certain types of CA2 neurons are lost in schizophrenia, and loss of another gene turned on primarily in the CA2 region leads to altered social behaviors, Hepler notes." More able to learn and remember, but possibly less able to function socially?

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