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Synaptic vesicles (blue) that harbor chemical messengers form tight clusters within cells. (Image courtesy of Dr. Yumel Wu, Yale School of Medicine)

Key to brain cell communication is like oil and water

The nervous system depends on the firmly regulated spatial and fleeting communication that happens between neurons at specific associations called synapses. Chemical signals called...
neurons in the CA3 region of the hippocampus

Study unveils molecular mechanisms of memory formation

MIT neuroscientists have unveiled a cellular pathway that permits particular synapses to become stronger during memory building. The results procure the first scintilla of...
MIT Neuroscientists Build Case for New Theory of Memory Formation

MIT Neuroscientists Build Case for New Theory of Memory Formation

Putting efforts towards revising memory models, MIT scientists proposed in a new study, in which they detailed how these silent engramsĀ are formed and re-activated. Memory...