[Neuroscience] Re: Spin out

jalegris at sympatico.ca jalegris at sympatico.ca
Sat Aug 12 14:07:07 EST 2006


Matt Menge wrote:
> I am currently reading "Psychiatry, Psychoanlysis, and the New Biology
> of the Mind" by Eric Kandel.  He mentions that developing neurons "spin
>
> out" their axons.  Is this just a figure of speech or is there
> something that actually spins?
>
> Matt

It's a figure of speech. Neurons don't spin unless you centrifuge them.
Axons grow by an active process involving a "growth cone" at the
developing tip.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Growth_cone

--
Joe Legris



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