Proteins and organelles are transported along axons and dendrites. How do we know this?Well, in 1948, Paul Weiss tied off a sciatic nerve and noticed that material accumulated on the one side of the axon, the area before the tying off. He concluded that there is a forward movement down the axon of material, which … Continue reading How do things move down an axon?
We all know that neurons are the building blocks of the brain. They are the main cells that do a lot of the brain’s work, besides the glial cells. (More on glial cells with a later post, though). Now, what is it that makes neurons so special? Neurons are really good quickly and precisely. But what … Continue reading What makes neurons so special?