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Researchers find a link between molecules released by commensal bacteria and the degree of inflammation in a mouse model of MS.

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The elimination of these glia in the mouse brain ameliorated the development of Parkinsonian neuropathologies induced by the pesticide toxin paraquat.  

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Glial Ties to Persistent Pain

By Mark R. Hutchinson | January 1, 2018

Immune-like cells in the central nervous system are now recognized as key participants in the creation and maintenance of persistent pain.

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image: Infographic: Two Pain Paths Diverge in the Body

Infographic: Two Pain Paths Diverge in the Body

By Mark R. Hutchinson | January 1, 2018

The acute pain that results from injury or disease is very different from chronic pain.

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Glia Guru

By Anna Azvolinsky | May 1, 2017

Ben Barres recast glial cells from supporting actors to star performers, crucial for synaptic plasticity in the brain and for preventing neurodegenerative disorders.

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Bridging a Gap in the Brain

By Ben Andrew Henry | October 12, 2016

Neuroscientists identify how the left and right hemispheres of the mammalian brain connect during development.

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Brain Prize Winners Announced

By Catherine Offord | March 3, 2016

Three UK neuroscientists jointly win the €1 million European Brain Prize for their work on memory.

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Adjustable Brain Cells

By Ruth Williams | February 18, 2016

Neighboring neurons can manipulate astrocytes. 

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Neurons from Glia In Vivo

By Kerry Grens | October 19, 2015

Scientists present new recipes for directly converting glial cells to neurons in mouse brains.

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Into the Limelight

By Kate Yandell | October 1, 2015

Glial cells were once considered neurons’ supporting actors, but new methods and model organisms are revealing their true importance in brain function.

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