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Researchers discover a mechanism that allows neurons to form new extensions

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22 Jul 16

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Extensive media coverage of work by Jens Lüders’ Microtubule Organisation Lab about a novel mechanism by which neurons maintain and regenerate axons. Published in Nature Communications, the study reveals new pathways related to microtubule biology that are relevant for regenerative medicine and research into diseases in which the microtubule network is damaged, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

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