Session: Adult Neurogenesis and Cell Biology

Adult Neurogenesis and Cell Biology

Description:

One of the best scientific discoveries of the 20th century is that the mammalian brain can produce to new neurons throughout the lifespan. The phenomenon of adult neurogenesis raises hopes of harnessing neural somatic cell for brain repair, and has sparked interest in novel roles for these new neurons, like olfaction, spatial memory, and even regulation of mood. Traditionally, studies on adult neurogenesis have relied on exogenous markers of DNA synthesis, like bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU), to label and track the birth of latest cells. However, the exponential increase in our knowledge of endogenous markers of cycling cells has ushered during a new era of somatic cell biology.