The Journey of the Neuron: My latest column for Discover

By Carl Zimmer | May 18, 2011 9:35 am

Our neurons exist in a staggering vast network, with 100 billion cells forming some 100 trillion connections. And it’s up to these ordinary cells to form that network on their own, snaking across the brain or even across the body, in order to find the right target. In my latest column for Discover, I look at new research that reveals some of the elegantly simple tricks our nervous system uses to wire itself. Check it out.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Brains, Writing Elsewhere

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  1. Michael Lerman

    The immense complexity of the brain makes you wonder of the beauty Nature is able to create.
    For an unknown to us reason the first Word in Genesis of The Hebrew Bible did not start with the letter Aleph. Michael Lerman


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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