Human Umbilical Cord Blood Rejuvinates Old Mice Brains, Study Finds

Stanford University neurological researchers found proteins in umbilical cord blood can improve memory and learning in old mice. The study published in the journal Nature says a human cord plasma treatment revitalized the hippocampus part of aged mice brains.

NPR reports for the study, researchers injected human umbilical cord blood into mice several times over the course of two weeks. When scientists looked at the mice hippocampi later on, they discovered some genes related to forming new memories were turned on in some of the mice.

The study may lead to human treatments in the future.