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Touch a Nerve

  • Published19 May 2015
  • Reviewed19 May 2015
  • Author Michael W. Richardson
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

 In this image, sensory nerve fibers (red) can be seen in the paw of a developing mouse embryo.

Hadjab, et al. The Journal of Neuroscience, 2013.

Our sense of touch depends on the nerve fibers that connect to receptors in the skin. In this image, sensory nerve fibers (red) can be seen in the paw of a developing mouse embryo. Each of these nerve fibers will become specialized to detect either pressure, pain, temperature, or itch, providing important information about the world around us.

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