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Researchers believe they have learned how mutations in the gene that causes Huntington’s disease kill brain cells, a finding that could open new opportunities for treating the fatal disorder.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a fundamental mechanism by which the brain maintains its internal balance.
A new study by researchers from New York University (NYU) and Stanford University (SU) has pitted their monkey results against a 2009 study of human decision making and found both humans and monkeys experience the same neural processes when changing their minds
Parkinson's disease, which affects millions worldwide, results from neuron loss.
In a further test of a novel theory that suggests autism is the consequence of abnormal cell communication, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that an almost century-old drug approved for treating sleeping sickness also restores normal cellular signaling in a mouse model of autism, reversing symptoms of the neurological disorder in animals that were the human biological age equivalent of 30 years old.
It's broadly assumed that cells degrade and recycle their own old or damaged organelles, but researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute have discovered that some neurons transfer unwanted mitochondria – the tiny power plants inside cells – to supporting glial cells called astrocytes for disposal.
The article published in AIMS Neuroscience explains how cortical microcircuitry is conducive to column formation.
The flight of a fruit fly, as determined by a recent study, is dependent upon whether or not the fly perceives a threat.
Motorists in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other gridlocked cities could learn something from the fruit fly.
The entire process of eating is a basic biological task. The tongue and jaw perform a well-choreographed ballet where the tongue positions your food for the teeth and recedes to its ready position just in time for the jaw to close down onto it.
Formation and Orientation The development of the brain is broken down into stages. The basic evolution begins in the third week of the embryonic process where the neural plate is formed. By week four, the neural plate has developed into the neural tube. The anterior part of the tube, the telencephalon, grows rapidly as it prepares to later give way to the brain. As time goes on, cells begin to classify themselves as either neurons or glial cells, thus determining their functions. Glial...
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