Nobel Prize for Work On Brain’s Navigation System

STOCKHOLM (AP) —

Neuroscientist Edvard Moser won the Nobel for medicine with his wife May-Britt Moser, and U.S.-British researcher John O’Keefe.

In research three decades apart, the New York-born O’Keefe and the Norwegian couple discovered the GPS-like brain functions that help people map their surroundings and navigate the world.

Their breakthroughs in experiments on rats could help pave the way for a better understanding of human diseases affecting cognitive functions, like Alzheimer’s, because the positioning system is believed to be similar in human brains.

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