Brain Anatomy and Function

Image of neurons in synapse locations
Bacterial infections can make their way to the brain, where they can linger undetected.
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An icy-cool summer delight like ice cream can quickly turn into pure pain, thanks to brain freeze. But why does this happen?
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Oligodendrocytes keep electrical signals in the brain and spinal cord strong.
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CRISPR makes altering DNA easier than ever before. Is it the future of genetics?
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Curses, swears, and cussing are treated in a different way in our brains than our more proper and acceptable speech.
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The six layers of cells comprising the cerebral cortex are responsible for some of the most complex functions in the brain.
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Neuroscientist Nick Spitzer tells you the truth.
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Bundles of extra-long axons transmit signals from eyes to brain.
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Neuroscientist Nick Spitzer explains gene expression and how it helps your body’s cells function.
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For over a century twins have been helping researchers understand how our genes and environment influence our susceptibility to disease.
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Neurons and muscles communicate at specialized nodes called neuromuscular junctions.
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Your brain’s 86 billion neurons wire up to form circuits. But just what is a circuit?
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Sun-seeking brain cells keep the sleep cycle in balance.
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3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.