Suzana Herculano-Houzel

First Principles: Glial cells isolate, support, and regulate neurons

If nervous systems are distribution networks that transport signals, then their functional units are the neurons: the smallest entity that produces signals, carries them rapidly over long distances, and passes them along to other units. Nervous systems are however not made entirely of neurons: they include vascular and glial cells, and couldn’t possibly function without these non-neuronal cells…....

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