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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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Contributors

By Jef Akst and Katarina Zimmer | January 1, 2018

Meet some of the people featured in the January 2018 issue of The Scientist.

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Pioneering Neuroscientist Dies

By Diana Kwon | July 31, 2017

Marian Diamond, a former University of California, Berkeley, professor, discovered the first evidence for neuroplasticity and studied Einstein’s brain.

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Image of the Day: Unseen Trauma

By The Scientist Staff | June 20, 2017

Pressure from simulated blast waves, similar to those generated by explosives, induced molecular markers of stress and injury within mouse retinas.

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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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As the Brain Ages, Glial-Cell Gene Expression Changes Most

By Ashley P. Taylor | January 10, 2017

Researchers describe how gene expression in different human brain regions is altered with age.

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Immune System Maintains Brain Health

By Amanda B. Keener | November 1, 2016

Once thought only to attack neurons, immune cells turn out to be vital for central nervous system function.

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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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Special Delivery

By Mary Beth Aberlin | October 1, 2015

Neurons in new brains and old

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