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As the brain develops, myelin wraps itself around nerve cells’ axons—long, thin tendrils that extend from the cell and transmit information—like insulation on an electrical wire.
Besides bruising and swelling, researchers believe that force can cause the brain to elongate, stretching nerve cells and their axons — fiber-like parts that transmit messages between cells.
In a similar way, the branching of axons and dendrites from neurons also obeys local growth principles.
Some RGC axons grew all the way back to the brain’s visual-processing areas.
The fruit fly, for example, with its rapid reproduction, helped scientists understand genetics; the squid, with its peculiarly gigantic axon fibers, allowed scientists to examine the workings of a single nerve cell.
Six weeks after the injury, analysis showed that 70% of the axons in these mice had grown through the injury site, compared to only 1 or 2% in normal mice.
The study, published in Nature Neuroscience in August, builds on recent research where neuroscientists got RGC axons to regrow only slightly.
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First Known Use: 1895See Words from the same year
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