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How Does the Nervous System Influence Stem Cell Development?

News   Oct 19, 2018 | Original story from the University of Illinois

Evidence for Direct Influence of Autonomic Neurotransmitters on Stem Cell Proliferation

To characterize the relationship, the researchers focused on stem cells in the intestinal lining, or epithelium, in mice. Pictured: Transmission electron micrograph of rat intestinal colon showing apical microvilli. Image made available by James D. Jamieson and the Department of Cell Biology, Yale University School of Medicine. Credit: George E. Palade



Study Suggests You Can Improve Your Learning Ability by Self-Modulating Your Neural Oscillations


Neuronal alpha oscillations in the range of 10 Hz are neural waves that reduce processing in certain brain regions to provide resources for upcoming information. Alpha oscillations can be easily influenced by neurofeedback training. Researchers have discovered that participants can self-regulate their learning success in a perceptual learning task by altering their alpha oscillations.


Blindness Prevented in Animal Models of Retinal Degeneration


Using a novel patient-specific stem cell-based therapy, blindness was prevented in animal models of geographic atrophy, the advanced 'dry' form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is a leading cause of vision loss among people age 65 and older.


Embryonic Chick Study Reveals How Cells are Recruited to Form Hindgut


New study uses live imaging to understand a critical step in early embryonic development—how genes and molecules control forces to orchestrate the emergence of form in the developing embryo.



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