Losing neurons can sometimes not be that bad
For the first time, scientists at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown (CCU), in Lisbon, Portugal, have shown that neuronal cell death in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may actually not be a bad thing – on the contrary, it may be the result of a cell quality control mechanism trying to protect the brain from the accumulation of malfunctioning neurons.
When we started, the current view was that neuronal death must be always detrimental. And much to our surprise, we found that neuronal death actually counteracts [Alzheimer’s] disease – Dina Coelho
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