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A small study by neurologists at UC-Irvine suggests that people with a gene variant that limits the availability of brain-derived neurotrophic factor do about 20 percent worse on driving tests than people with the common variant. Previously, it had been shown that people with the variant have a smaller portion of their brain stimulated when doing a task and it is linked to slower recovery from a stroke.

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