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A fateful gene may make us smarter - for a while, at least
A fateful gene may make us smarter - for a while, at least

Dena Dubal and Jennifer Yokoyama have been plucking at the thread of fate. The researchers at UC San Francisco are fascinated with a longevity gene named for one of the Greek Fates, Klotho. “She spins the thread of life and she is the daughter of Zeus,” said Dubal, a physician and neurologist at the university's Memory and Aging Center. “And we have expanded her duties to include boosting brain function.” In a study of more than 400 aging people, the UC San Francisco researchers suggest that having a single copy of one variety of that gene seems to give people better executive function and more gray matter in an area prone to the ravages of time. The study...

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