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Rescuing fruit flies from Alzheimer's disease

from Science Daily

Investigators have found that fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) males — in which the activity of an Alzheimer's disease protein is reduced by 50 percent — show impairments in learning and memory as they age. What's more, the researchers were able to prevent the age-related deficits by treating the flies with drugs such as lithium, or by genetic manipulations that reduced nerve-cell signaling. more


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