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In a paper published online in advance in Science this week, researchers at Harvard Medical School and their colleagues show that in mice the Lynx1 protein "prevents plasticity in the primary visual cortex late in life." The authors report that the loss of Lynx1, a molecular brake, "enhances nicotinic acetylcholine receptor signaling" and add that the expression of this protein "maintains stability of mature cortical networks in the presence of cholinergic innervation." The Harvard-led team s

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