Neuroscience

Shining light on densely interwoven nerve fibers inside the brain

Disentangling the complex nerve fiber network of the brain is becoming easily accessible with scattered light imaging (SLI): researchers in Delft, J├╝lich (Germany) and Stanford (USA) successfully combined light and X-ray ...

Neuroscience

Exploring the mechanisms behind swallowing

Sensory cells in the vagus nerve can detect and locate food in the esophagus. Their signals help transport the food onward to the stomach. Signal failure leads to swallowing disorders, say a team led by Carmen Birchmeier ...

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Nerve

A nerve is an enclosed, cable-like bundle of peripheral axons (the long, slender projections of neurons). A nerve provides a common pathway for the electrochemical nerve impulses that are transmitted along each of the axons. Nerves are found only in the peripheral nervous system. In the central nervous system, the analogous structures are known as tracts. Neurons are sometimes called nerve cells, though this term is technically inaccurate since many neurons do not form nerves, and nerves also include non-neuronal Schwann cells that coat the axons in myelin.

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