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Neurons aren’t the only cells that make memories in the brain, rodent study reveals


A study found that a type of cell in blood vessels of the brain collaborates with neurons in the hippocampus, shown in a rat in the micrograph above, to make long-term memories.  (Image credit: defun via Getty Images)

Neurons, the brain cells responsible for relaying chemical and electrical messages, have long been considered the key players in memory formation — but new research in rodents suggests that the cells may have an unsung-but-crucial collaborator. 

The findings could have implications for research into memory and associated diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. 

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