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The Brain May Actually Keep Generating New Cells Well Into Old Age

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The Brain May Actually Keep Generating New Cells Well Into Old Age

Researchers continue to be divided over a process that happens in our brains: Neurogenesis.

This process entails the growth of new neurons in our brains, and for a long time, scientists believed it does not continue at the same rate as we age. A recent study, however, found evidence that new brain cell production continues throughout a person’s lifetime, especially among those who are neurologically healthy at the time of their deaths. The findings likely have positive implications for treating Alzheimer’s Disease, including the ability to diagnose the disease in its earliest stages when brain cell growth slows for some people. Smithsonian has even more.