Brain Update

Guests: Martin Citron Research Scientist Amgen Thousand Oaks, California Charles Gross Professor, Psychology Princeton Center for the Study of Mind, Brain, and Behavior Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey Evan Snyder Assistant Professor, Neurology Children's Hospital Harvard Medical School Boston, Massachusetts Last week, scientists from Princeton University published a paper showing that adult primate brains—contrary to conventional belief—do generate new nerve cells. This week, another research team announced that it has identified an enzyme necessary for the development of the plaques that build up in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. This hour, we'll talk about the latest brain research, and what the findings could mean for theories of learning and memory, and for the treatment of brain diseases.

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