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Neurons get lost with a broken ‘antenna’


A new study with mice shows how nerve cells, called interneurons, use a “sensor” to find the right destination during the cerebral cortex’s development.

“We found that primary cilia play an important role in guiding neurons to their appropriate places during development so that the neurons can wire up appropriately later on,” says study leader Eva Anton.

“It’s like an antenna that allows the neuron to read the signals that are out there and navigate to the right target location.”

Full story at Futurity.

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