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The glial cells of the nervous system have been eclipsed in importance by neurons for decades. But glia are turning out to be central to many neurological functions, including pain perception.
The dendritic arms of some human neurons can perform logic operations that once seemed to require whole neural networks.
In evolution, context is everything: Bacteria with neighbors evolve to rebuff viruses in a different way.
To scientists’ surprise, blended mixtures of cytoplasm can reorganize themselves into cell-like compartments with working structural components.