sSNVs increased approximately linearly with age in both areas (with a higher rate in hippocampus) and were more abundant in neurodegenerative disease.
The woodpeckers might not have sustained brain damage themselves, though — the researchers think that protein build-up could possibly be beneficial to the birds.
Researchers from Boston University have studied the brains of Downy Woodpeckers and found they have elevated levels of a protein that is associated with brain damage in humans.
The production can be tailored to fit each patient and has the potential to protect against wrong medication and fake medicine according to the researchers.
The little birds have survived for 25 million years by banging their head against a tree hunting for food.
Researchers have discovered the inner workings of a gene network that regulates the development of spinal motor neurons in the growing chicken and mouse embryo.
Woodpeckers do this untold thousands of times during their lives, and these birds have thrived on Earth for some 25 million years.
The new method potentially reduces complications, time and money.
The accumulation of somatic mutations with age—which we term genosenium—shows age-related, region-related, and disease-related molecular signatures and may be important in other human age-associated conditions.
The system uses information like education, homeownership, travel history and internet usage.
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