central nervous system (CNS)

Biology's 'breadboard'

The human brain, the most complex object in the universe, has 86 billion neurons with trillions of yet-unmapped connections.

Understanding how it generates behavior is a problem that has beguiled humankind for millennia, and is critical...

Protective molecule sidelined in models of ALS

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have identified a naturally occurring molecule that has the potential for preserving sites of communication between nerves and muscles in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and over...

Image of the Day: Rat spinal cord

This light mircrograph shows a section of spinal cord from a rat stained with silver stain.

Large neurons (brown/yellow) as well as the network of dendrites and nerve fibres within the spinal cord are visible.

The spinal cord...