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Whiskers give mice a tactile advantage. Scientists study the brains of mutant mice to learn about the development of specific brain regions, such as those involved in touch.
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A bedtime story about the process of brain development, as lovingly told to a baby.
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Dragonflies hover smoothly in part thanks to information collected by their eyes. Knowing these insects' retinal circuitry helps scientists understand how neurons process spatial data.
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The giant sea slug Apylsia has a simple nervous system that makes them a useful model for neuroscience research. They also have rows of tiny sharp teeth, which cover a tongue-like structure.
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Computer models of proteins involved in metabolism, the chemical reactions that sustain life, help researchers understand how disease affects their function.
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Star-shaped glial cells, sensibly named astrocytes, are found throughout the central nervous system. Scientists can use luminescence to make the cells actually glow as they communicate.
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How does the brain track smells? Scientists use the olfactory system in insects to study how the brain responds to and processes different odors.
Neurons in the eye turn light into electrical signals. How and where signals travel between these cells is thought to affect vision.
Synesthesia is a condition in which stimulation of one sense automatically evokes a perception in an unstimulated sense.
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The human brain — a spongy, three-pound mass of tissue — is the most complex living structure in the known universe.
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Plasticity itself is not unique to humans, but the degree to which our brains are able to adapt is.
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Neuron formation begins in the earliest stages of human development. Signaling molecules “turn on” certain genes and “turn off” others, beginning nerve cell induction.
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