neural crest


Definition of neural crest

: the ridge of one of the folds forming the neural tube that gives rise to the spinal ganglia and various structures of the autonomic nervous system

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Recent Examples on the Web One explanation for reduced brain size and other traits associated with domestication syndrome is outlined in the neural crest cell hypothesis, which was published in a 2014 study. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2022 Last year other scientists came up with a testable hypothesis: tame animals may have fewer or defective neural crest cells. Virginia Morell, Scientific American, 1 July 2015 Studying marmoset neural crest implications, therefore, could shed new light on human development too. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 27 Oct. 2020 The secret is in the multipurpose neural crest cells. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 27 Oct. 2020 In 2014, Wrangham and collaborators even proposed a possible biological mechanism in neural crest cells, which help shape many of those body parts during embryonic development. Popular Science, 10 Feb. 2020 The two differed, the authors say, with moderns having a mild disruption of neural crest activity as compared with the full power of its effects, unencumbered by any disruption, in Neandertals and Denisovans. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, 4 Dec. 2019 In particular, changes to genes involved in bone formation and the development of an embryonic tissue called the neural crest likely helped lead to headgear in the first place. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 20 June 2019 While some early scientists couldn’t pin down why these unplanned physical traits appeared, others had an idea: neural crest cells. Kelli Bender,, 30 Jan. 2018 See More

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1882, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of neural crest

: the ridge of one of the folds forming the neural tube that gives rise to the spinal ganglia and various structures of the autonomic nervous system

called also neural ridge

— compare neural plate

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