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John Reading, Jan. 2, 2012

Found! Cells that drive brain`s adaptability

Researchers say that glia cells, which had long puzzled scientists, are central to the brain`s adaptability, learning and information storage.


Actually, glia cells do much more than hold the brain together, says doctoral student Maurizio De Pittà of Tel Aviv University (TAU) Schools of Physics and Astronomy and Electrical Engineering. “Glia cells are like the brain`s supervisors. By regulating the synapses (junctions of nerve cells), they control the transfer of information between neurons, affecting how the brain processes information and learns,” De Pitta adds.

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