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Researchers Record Action Potentials in Tiny Worm Neurons

News   Mar 06, 2019 | Original Press Release from OIST

Small Brains, Big Picture

(Left to right) Dr. Yuto Momohara, Dr. Takashi Murayama, Prof. Ichiro Maruyama, Professor Jeff Wickens and Dr. Ei-ichiro Saita started a collaboration between the Information Processing Biology Unit and the Neurobiology Research Unit to study the neurons in the C. elegans brain. Not pictured are first author Dr. Tomomi Shindou and Dr. Mayumi Ochi-Shindou. Credit: OIST under CC BY 2.0. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/



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