FENS 2020: how do genes and lifestyle interact to protect against brain degeneration?

Written by Sharon Salt, Senior Editor

The interaction between genes and lifestyle is a crucial factor in diseases such as Huntington’s. New research presented at the FENS Virtual Forum of Neuroscience (11–15 July) has described how exercise and a healthy diet can help protect against brain degeneration in later years. Anthony Hannan (University of Melbourne, Australia) and his team have used mouse models to discover that changes in gut microbiota are associated with the early stages of Huntington’s disease. This link between the gut and the brain suggests that an unhealthy gut can be associated with an unhealthy brain. “We don’t know whether the altered microbiota...

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