The smart mouse with the half-human brain

Mice with human glial cells

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Re: The smart mouse with the half-human brain

#41  Postby DavidMcC » Dec 09, 2014 4:23 pm

Graham, perhaps we could at least agree that glial cells have been "in the driving seat" in evolutionary terms, if not in functional terms, because of their enabling role.
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Re: The smart mouse with the half-human brain

#42  Postby DavidMcC » Dec 10, 2014 2:29 pm

Going back to the original post, I conclude (from the result that mouse astrocytes "flee to the margins" when human astrocytes are introduced) that either there was no evolutionary path from mouse-like to human-like in the mouse line, OR because there is some price to pay for the functioning of human astrocytes in the mouse brain, that has not been considered in the experiments. (Perhaps they use more energy, or something? :dunno: )
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