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I just read a news story about a polypeptide called Betacellulin that (in mice) stimulates neural regeneration by increasing the amount of stem cells in the brain that later differentiate into neurons.
Very, very good news indeed for anyone with brain damage and / or wishes to stay neurologically young.
Link to the actual news article:
The study source:
"Betacellulin promotes cell proliferation in the neural stem cell niche and stimulates neurogenesis" by Maria-Victoria Gomez-Gaviro et al, is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
And finally I managed to find a source for the chemical itself.
Sadly, at $2700 for one solitary milligram it seems that almost no one is going to be able to afford this directly, so hopefully some researcher will stumble upon a substance that will endogenously increase production of it in the same way that Lion's mane (Hericium erinaceus) mushroom extract stimulates the production of the outrageously expensive NGF that appears to have kept it's discoverer, nobel laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini pretty damn sharp (it's diluted in her eyedrops) despite being 102 years old.