The evolution of brain wiring: Navigating to the neocortex

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 22:30 in Biology & Nature

A new study is providing fascinating insight into how projections conveying sensory information in the brain are guided to their appropriate targets in different species. The research reveals a surprising new evolutionary scenario that may help to explain how subtle changes in the migration of "guidepost" neurons underlie major differences in brain connectivity between mammals and non-mammalian vertebrates.

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