Humans make neurons throughout their lives
Humans continue to produce new neurons in a part of their brain involved in learning, memory and emotion throughout adulthood, scientists have revealed. The findings could help in developing treatments for neurological conditions such as dementia. A recent study had claimed that new neurons in the hippocampus were at undetectable levels by our late teens. But another group of scientists has revealed the new neurons are produced in this brain region in human adults. “The exciting part is that the neurons are there throughout a lifetime,” said Dr Maura Boldrini from Columbia University in New York and first author of the study published in the journal Cell Stem Cell.