Researchers Learn How Brain Initiates Movement
Scientists at the Univ. of Bristol have shed new light on one of the great unanswered questions of neuroscience: how the brain initiates rhythmic movements like walking, running and swimming.
While experiments in the 1970s using electrical brain stimulation identified areas of the brain responsible for starting locomotion, the precise neuron-by-neuron pathway has not been described in any vertebrate – until now. To find this pathway, Edgar Buhl and colleagues in Bristol’s School of Biological Sciences studied a small, simple vertebrate: the Xenopus frog tadpole.
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