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Neuronal remodeling on the evolutionary timescale

Ithai Rabinowitch and William Schafer*

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MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QH, UK

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Journal of Biology 2008, 7:37  doi:10.1186/jbiol102

Published: 15 December 2008


Despite its remarkable capacity to undergo change at timescales ranging from a fraction of a second to a lifetime, there are many aspects of the nervous system that can be modified only at the enormously longer evolutionary timescale. A new study in BMC Biology using nematodes illustrates such evolutionary neuronal remodeling.