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Rejuvenating brain plasticity

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Science  30 Jun 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6345, pp. 1335-1336
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan8374

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What if we could unlock the potential of the brain to change at will? Could we then rejuvenate old brains? On page 1352 in this issue, Blundon et al. (1) demonstrate that with a pharmacological intervention, the brain's cortical plasticity in adult mice could be restored to an extent that is normally seen only in juveniles. The findings should spur research into noninvasive therapies to treat conditions relating to perceptual deficits.