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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.

The research teams, which both report their work in the Dec. 19/26 Nature, studied different areas of the mouse cortex, the brain's outer layer. The group led by Karel Svoboda, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Cold Spring Harbor

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