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Central Nervous System

A functional unit consisting of the brain and spinal cord. It controls sensory perception and homeostatic functions.

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Of Mice And Men
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Mice and Alzheimer's Disease

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Looking For A Cure

Alzheimer's Disease is a devastating illness which affects many families. Go here to learn how scientists are using mice to help find a cure

Fortunately, with the continuing advancement of techniques in molecular biology scientists at the Max Planck have made tremendous advances. Go here to see a video of the advancements they've made: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIHOHV4ZUO4

You can read more about research at the Max Planck Institute here: http://www.mpg.de/1161288/

You can find out here how genetically engineered animals are tailored to study disease

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  1. Why are scientists interested in finding compounds that will dissolve or prevent the formation of TAU deposits?
  2. How do TAU deposits cause nerve cell death?
  3. What is the relationship between the hippocamus and memory?
  4. How common is Alzheimer's Disease in people over 65 years old?

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