SEP 04, 2018 4:35 PM PDT

New Type of Neuron!

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

Researchers have discovered a new type of neuron (brain cell). This neuron was not found in mice and researchers believe it is only unique to primates and maybe even humans. The discovery of the neuron comes from two separate research groups; one from Hungary and the other from the U.S.

The two research groups were studying neurons in the part of the brain known as the cortex; the brain outermost layer crucial to human consciousness. They found gene expression that is different than all other neurons studied previously. In particular, the researchers found that neurons shaped strangely held different gene expression. The new neuron is hypothesized to play a role in certain brain processes not exhibited by mice.

About the Author
  • Nouran earned her BS and MS in Biology at IUPUI and currently shares her love of science by teaching. She enjoys writing on various topics as well including science & medicine, global health, and conservation biology. She hopes through her writing she can make science more engaging and communicable to the general public.
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