Thursday, November 08, 2007

Another IQ-related gene found

This is the second one within a week. See here for the earlier one. The earlier one is discussed more fully on my Food & Health blog (Scroll down)

Children with a gene known to increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease already show signs of reduced cognitive function, a study has found. That raises the possibility that scientists could develop therapies to block the gene's negative effectsand stave off cognitive decline starting much earlier in life than previously thought possible, the researchers said.

The investigators, with Oregon Health & Science University, found reduced spatial learning and memory skills in children with one of a family of genes implicated in development and in nerve cell regeneration and protection. The results were presented Nov. 5 at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego.

Previous studies had found that a gene known as apoE4part of the socalled apolipoprotein E gene familyincreases the risk of cognitive decline due to age and brain injuries. Half of Alzheimer's patients carry apoE4, said study coauthor Jacob Raber. Many nondemented elderly also carry it, he added, but they tend to do worse than others on certain cognitive tests.

In the new study, Raber and colleagues examined 55 healthy boys and girls ages seven to 10, including eight girls and six boys who carried the apoE4 gene. The noncarriers showed better performance on a combination of paper and computerbased tests, they said. These included a virtualreality based spatial navigation task called "Memory Island" whose subjects must use memory to navigate to a location marked with a flag. The test mimics the Morris water maze, a standard tool for testing memory in rodents by training them to swim to a platform based on visual cues.



Brookes News Update

How long can the US economy defy economic gravity?: There comes a time when every party must end. And economic booms are no different. The trick is to get the timing right. At the moment it looks very much like the US economy will be steaming into 2008, much to the chagrin of the Democrats. Still, they might get lucky before the election
What's behind the Fed's aggressive cut in interest rates?: By attempting to counter various shocks that are predominantly the product of the Fed's own policies Bernanke is very likely going to make things much worse as far as real economic fundamentals are concerned
Greenspan absolves himself from current financial markets turmoil: Greenspan is trying to distance himself from the current financial tremors that are developing. That it was his loose monetary policy that generated a massive current account deficit that eventually drove down the dollar is something he would not like to be reminded off. However, in fairness Greenspan the rest of the world's central banker are not much better
Ethanol - "Fuelish Food Policies": A Judge in Britain got it right recently when he called Gore's film a biased political document with eleven specific claims not supported by any evidence. Politicians are about to inflict huge greenhouse costs on the whole community, for nothing
101 Love Crimes and Legislative Positions: Liberal politicians quiver in bliss - stroking their delusional consciences. They pimp a provocative fantasy that liberals are born superiorly caring and compassionate. For liberals, lamenting social injustices indulges some perverse pleasures
Friends and critics of Israel: Israel bashing has become a common substitute and camouflage of ordinary anti-Semitism, which hardly bothers with facts and common courtesy! At the same time, Jews and Jewish issues have become a magnet for distorted people who thrive on and need attention from others


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