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Showing Some Spine: Imaging of nerve cell branches stirs debate

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12:55pm, December 17, 2002

Two research groups have taken unprecedented, high-resolution images of nerve cells inside the brains of live mice–and come to seemingly contradictory views. Resolving their conflict about the stability of cell projections called dendritic spines could illuminate how the adult brain adapts to experience and stores information, say neuroscientists.

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