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Silent Synapses May Provide Plasticity in Adulthood
Inactive synapses—found on tiny neuronal projections called filopodia—are abundant in the adult brain, a mouse study suggests.
Silent Synapses May Provide Plasticity in Adulthood
Silent Synapses May Provide Plasticity in Adulthood

Inactive synapses—found on tiny neuronal projections called filopodia—are abundant in the adult brain, a mouse study suggests.

Inactive synapses—found on tiny neuronal projections called filopodia—are abundant in the adult brain, a mouse study suggests.

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Artist’s rendition of neural connections, with inactive neurons in the background
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