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Gene therapy reprograms brain glial cells into neurons

A gene therapy can turn certain brain glial cells into functioning neurons, which in turn could help repair the brain after a stroke or during neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases. In a series of studies in animals, a... Continue Reading →

Glia and axons: A match made in evolution

The evolutionary prerequisites of myelin – the fatty substance that insulates axons and enables rapid communication between cells of the nervous system in jawed vertebrates – are described in new research in fish published in JNeurosci. Myelinated axons increases a neuron’s... Continue Reading →

Drowsy worms offer new insights into the neuroscience of sleep

A good night of sleep entails about eight hours of blissful immobility—a state of near paralysis that, though welcome at night, would be inconvenient during the day. In a paper published in Cell Reports, Rockefeller scientists shed new light on the... Continue Reading →

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