Sciene Alert. Researchers have described a never-before-seen brain cell shape, which appears to have evolved to transmit signals more effectively.
Text: Fiona MacDonald | Image: Alexei V. Egorov, 2014. An axon (green) is originating at the dendrite (red).
A strange new type of nerve cell, or neuron, has been observed in the brain that transmits information without involving the cell body – and, incredibly, it appears to be better at transmitting information than regular brain cells.