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Duke Study in 'Nature': Astrocyte Shape Key to Brain Function

November 10, 2017

Picture of an astrocyte.
From Duke Today, which published a story on this study, found in Nature: "New research from Duke University finds that astrocytes are much more than neurons’ entourage. Their unique architecture is also extremely important for regulating the development and function of synapses in the brain. When they don’t work right, astrocyte dysfunction may underlie neuronal problems observed in devastating diseases like autism, schizophrenia and epilepsy." Click here for the full story. Astrocyte photo by Jeff Stogsdill, Duke University.

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