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Rethinking which cells are the conductors of learning and memory

Brain cells called glia may be center stage when it comes to how humans learn and remember

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10:35am, August 11, 2015
Neurons and glia

SUPPORT SYSTEM  Neurons (blue) mingle with two kinds of glia: astrocytes (red) and oligodendrocytes (green) in this immunofluorescence microscopy image of rat hippocampal tissue.

A mouse scurries across a round table rimmed with Dixie cup–sized holes. Without much hesitation, the rodent heads straight for the hole that drops it into a box lined with cage litter. Any other hole would have led to a quick fall to the floor. But this mouse was more than lucky. It had an advantage — human glial cells were growing in its brain.

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