Nuclear bomb fallout offers timeline for measuring brain development

June 6, 2013 7:59 PM

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Nuclear bomb fallout offers timeline for measuring brain development

If you lived during the early Cold War, you got nuked. On the other hand, you may have grown new brain cells.

That’s the take-away of research in the journal Cell that calculated the growth of brain cells in adult brains by using an isotope of carbon that was picked up by humans from the fallout due to above-ground nuclear testing from the late 1940s to 1963.

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