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Microglia patrol the brain, searching for signs of injury or infection and clearing away dead or damaged tissue.
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Oligodendrocytes insulate the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, speeding up neural signaling.
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And other neuroscience news for the week of June 22, 2020.
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Come join us and #showusyourbraincell! We are “Reconnecting our brains - one cell at a time.”
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Schwann cells insulate the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, speeding up neural signaling.
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These cells can take on many forms to help make up your nervous system.
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A growing number of studies suggest glial cells play a vital role in brain function, which when disrupted can have severe consequences.
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Research is providing insight into the role of oligodendrocytes in diseases like multiple sclerosis.
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Astrocytes, highlighted here, are a key contributor to healthy function in the brain.
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In any major mapping expedition shouldn’t the first priority be to survey the uncharted regions?
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Human brain cell transplantation makes mice smart. The transplanted cells are not neurons and the cells communicate without using electricity.
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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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