Without glial cells, animals lose their senses

Monday, December 29, 2008 - 12:41 in Biology & Nature

When it comes to picking up and bringing information into the brain, sensory neurons have always put on a star performance. But now they’ll need to share the credit. In groundbreaking research to appear in the October 31 issue of Science, scientists reveal that while neurons play the lead role, a second type of cell, the glial cell, pulls the strings behind the scenes. The work not only lifts a long-ignored cell out from obscurity but shows how it is a critical member in shaping sensory experience.

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