How Networks Form: Charting the Developing Brain
[Source: Science Daily]
How can you build neuronal networks that are more complex than anything known today? Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany, have mapped the development of inhibitory neuronal circuitry and report the discovery of distinct circuit formation principles. Their findings enable scientists to monitor the change of neuronal network structure with time, capturing moments when an individual grows and adapts to its environment.
Researchers are starting to better understand the complexity of neuronal networks found in our and animals’ brains. But how can such precise and convoluted neuronal circuitry be built in the first place? We know how neurons are born, travel to their location in the gray matter, grow and differentiate. But how and by what rules do the trillions of synapses — the sophisticated contact points via which neurons “talk to teach other” — unfold, often at
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