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When peripheral nerves are severed, Schwann cells at the injury site begin to proliferate and exhibit stem cell-like gene expression patterns.

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Nerve Stimulation Revives Consciousness from Vegetative State

By Shawna Williams | September 25, 2017

Low-intensity activation of the vagus nerve appears to have increased a patient’s awareness of his surroundings after 15 years without communication.

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Image of the Day: Reunited and It Feels So Good

By The Scientist Staff | July 28, 2017

Zebrafish have a remarkable ability to heal their damaged nerve fibers following a spinal injury.

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“Waviness” Protects Nerves When Whale Mouths Stretch

By Joshua A. Krisch | February 21, 2017

Rorqual whales’ mouths can stretch to more than double their length without causing damage, thanks to two layers of neuronal coiling. 

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Researchers are using the tissue, synthesized with human pluripotent stem cells and implanted into mice, to study a rare form of Hirschprung’s disease.

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Prosthesis Re-creates Sensation of Touch

By Kate Yandell | February 5, 2014

A man whose hand and lower arm were amputated could sense shapes and stiffness and modulate the force of his grasp using a prosthetic hand that was temporarily wired to nerves in his upper arm.

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The Role of Neurons in Cancer

By Kate Yandell | July 15, 2013

Nerves growing in cancerous prostate glands appear to spur disease progression.

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Image of the Day: Glowing Gut

By The Scientist Staff | February 8, 2013

A maturing mouse gut nervous system (shown in orange), a mesh-like system of neurons that regulates digestion and gastrointenstial function, runs from the stomach through the intestines.

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Omega-3s Help Heal Nerves

By Sabrina Richards | January 18, 2012

High omega-3 levels help mouse neurons heal better after injury.

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How Vampire Bats Find Veins

By Jessica P. Johnson | August 4, 2011

Heat-sensing protein channels in vampire bats allow the flying mammals to find the best place to sink their teeth into their prey.

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