When we age, our brains lose their flexibility, impacting our ability to learn, remember and adapt.

But researchers have shown that they can rejuvenate the plasticity of the brain: The brain’s ability to change throughout life.

By manipulating a single gene in mice, researchers were able to trigger the shift in the brain’s visual cortex.

The findings could be used as a potential target for treatments to recover the human brain’s youthful potential after a stroke, or even after age-related decline.

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