Midway into the 1990s--the "Decade of the Brain," as declared by the United States Congress--scientists are touting major, exciting breakthroughs in the neurosciences. Researchers continue to uncover new aspects of the structure, development, and function of the brain and nervous system.
According to neurophysiologist Zach Hall, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in Bethesda, Md., a particularly active topic of research has been developmental neuroscience. The study of the formation and maturation of the nervous system, this subdiscipline encompasses a broad range of investigations, from the expression of specific genes to the formation...
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