US researchers working with the donated brains of eight dead people and also performing experiments on mice have discovered indications that low levels of a protein in the brain (called RbAp48) may be responsible for memory loss. This discovery might, one day, lead to treatments to reverse forgetfulness.
Read more: BBC News: Protein clue to old-age memory loss.
Gallagher, J. (2013). Protein clue to old-age memory loss. London: BBC Health News, August 29th2013.
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Pavlopoulos, E. Jones, S. [and] Kosmidis, S. [et al] (2013). Molecular Mechanism for Age-Related Memory Loss: The Histone-Binding Protein RbAp48. Science Translational Medicine, August 28th 2013, Vol.5(200), pp.200ra115. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).