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Nobel Prize for the brain’s GPS discovery

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British scientist and a Norwegian husband-and-wife research team won the Nobel Prize in Medicine Monday for discovering the brain’s navigation system — the inner GPS that helps us find our way in the world — a revelation that could lead to advances in diagnosing Alzheimer’s.

The research by John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser represents a “paradigm shift” in neuroscience that could help researchers understand the sometimes severe spatial memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease, the Nobel Assembly said.

“This year’s Nobel laureates have discovered a positioning system, an `inner GPS’ in the brain, that makes it possible to orient ourselves in space,” the assembly said.

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