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Destined for destruction?

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Science  04 Oct 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6461, pp. 46
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaz3885


One need not look beyond the stroke ward to appreciate the brain's particular vulnerability to interruptions in blood flow. Cut off from circulation, brain function falls precipitously, leaving patients in critical, and sometimes, permanently disabled, states. Indeed, this is not surprising, if we consider the monumental metabolic needs for the fatty organ to accomplish its world-altering tasks.

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