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Copper circuits help brain function -- could tweaking the circuits make us smarter?

, in light of these new findings, such compounds may someday lead to an effective treatment for Menkes disease.

To find out more about how copper and Atp7a influence thinking, the researchers next plan to breed laboratory mice in which they can selectively knock out Atp7a in the hippocampus, an area of the brain essential to memory. Then they can investigate whether these mice have problems performing tasks they had once learned.


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Contact: Gwen Ericson
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Washington University School of Medicine
25-Sep-2006


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