Pretty neuroscience

PhD student Patty Huijgens is currently overseas, doing research in the lab of Professor Robert Meisel at the University of Minnesota. She sent us a stunning photo she made, showing dendritic spines in different brain areas.

Spines are the tiny, in this case mostly stalk-like, protrusions on the "receiving" end of neurons. Due to the fact that in a short time spines can (dis)appear or change shapes, they play a vital role in connectivity between neurons, and are most likely a key mechanism behind learning and memory.

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