Can you hear me now? Ensuring good cellular connections in the brain
To have a good phone conversation, you need a good cellular connection. What’s true for mobile phones also turns out to be true for neurons.
Salk Institute scientists have discovered that brain cells called astrocytes initiate communication between pairs of neurons early in development by inducing specific changes in both members of the pair. The work, published in Neuron on October 11, 2017, has important implications for neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, ADHD and schizophrenia that are thought to result at least partly from faulty communication between neurons. Read more »