New kinds of brain cells discovered by Salk, UCSD scientists

Scientists from the Salk Institute and University of California San Diego report identifying a number of previously unknown types of human brain cells. They’ve also discovered genetic switches that make these neurons.

Understanding the role of these brain cells could help explain how the brain works and what goes wrong in disease. It could also help unravel some of the mysteries of consciousness. But much more work lies ahead, the scientists say, because their study has examined just one part of the brain.

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