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Mitochondrial Metabolism Dictates Neurons’ Growth Rate
Altering the rate of respiration in mitochondria changes how fast neurons grow, making mouse neurons grow more like human ones and vice versa, a study finds.
Mitochondrial Metabolism Dictates Neurons’ Growth Rate
Mitochondrial Metabolism Dictates Neurons’ Growth Rate

Altering the rate of respiration in mitochondria changes how fast neurons grow, making mouse neurons grow more like human ones and vice versa, a study finds.

Altering the rate of respiration in mitochondria changes how fast neurons grow, making mouse neurons grow more like human ones and vice versa, a study finds.

neural development
Illustration of a human and Neanderthal skull side by side.
Mutation Linked to Difference Between Human and Neanderthal Brains
Dan Robitzski | Sep 9, 2022 | 5 min read
A single amino acid substitution in a protein causes increased neuron production in the frontal lobes of humans compared to Neanderthals—a tiny difference that could have given our species a cognitive edge, researchers say.
The brain's cerebellum
The Cerebellum’s Functions in Cognition, Emotion, and More
Diana Kwon | Aug 15, 2022 | 10+ min read
Once thought of as a mere motor coordination center, the “little brain” is now appreciated as participating in higher neurological processes.
Lizard on glass tank
Engineered Stem Cells Grant Geckos “Perfectly” Regenerated Tails
Chloe Tenn | Nov 5, 2021 | 4 min read
Geckos injected with neural stem cells modified to block cartilage growth developed the skeletal and nervous components normally lacking from regrown tails.
Hippocampal neurons are labeled in blue and purple on a black background
New Role for Leptin: Promoting Synapse Formation in Rat Neurons
Abby Olena, PhD | May 20, 2021 | 3 min read
The hormone, which is well known for regulating appetite, appears to influence neuronal development—a finding that could shed light on disorders such as autism that involve dysfunctional synapse formation.
New Screening Approach Reveals Novel Regulators of Microcephaly
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2021 | 2 min read
Researchers combine organoids, CRISPR-Cas9, and cellular barcoding technologies to identify genes that influence brain size.
DNA Damage Linked to Brain Overgrowth in Autism
Abby Olena, PhD | Feb 5, 2020 | 4 min read
Cell lines from individuals with macrocephalic autism spectrum disorder have an increased number of double-strand breaks in the DNA of long neural genes.
Image of the Day: Neural Branching Gene
Emily Makowski | Jan 20, 2020 | 1 min read
A gene involved in a newly described syndrome affects neural functioning in fruit fly embryos.
Caught on Camera
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2018 | 2 min read
Selected Images of the Day from the-scientist.com
Image of the Day: New Neurons
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Mar 28, 2018 | 1 min read
Scientists discover a molecular factor that allows them to follow neurons from birth to maturity.
Bridging a Gap in the Brain
Ben Andrew Henry | Oct 12, 2016 | 1 min read
Neuroscientists identify how the left and right hemispheres of the mammalian brain connect during development.
How Zika Infiltrates Developing Brains
Tanya Lewis | Mar 30, 2016 | 2 min read
Zika virus may commandeer a receptor on the surface of neural progenitor cells, scientists show.
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