Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Brain Cells Can Outlive the Body

Mouse neurons implanted into a rat brain can live twice as long as the mice from which they were taken, new research suggests.

 

Brain cells can live at least twice as long as the organisms in which they reside, according to new research.

The study, published today (Feb. 25) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that mouse neurons, or brain cells, implanted into rats can survive with the rats into old age, twice as long as the life span of the original mice.

The findings are good news for life extension enthusiasts.

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