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Special Type of Blood Cells are Source of Neurons

by Himabindu Venkatakrishnan on August 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM
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 Special Type of Blood Cells are Source of Neurons

Production and integration of neurons into the brain throughout adult life has always intrigued researchers.

In an intriguing twist, scientists reporting in the August 11 issue of the Cell Press journal Developmental Cell provide evidence that adult-born neurons are derived from a special type of circulating blood cell produced by the immune system. The findings—which were made in crayfish—suggest that the immune system may contribute to the development of the unknown role of certain brain diseases in the development of brain and other tissues.

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