Listening For The Brain's Song

By listening to the chatter of cells, neuroscientist Rodolfo Llinás has discovered that our brains do not simply react to the world. They actively create it. 

Odolfo Llinás comes from a long line of physicians; there are four generations of doctors in his family. But this physician-scientist’s insights on health and sickness come from studying some of the smallest structures in the brain: tiny channels, no more than 10 nanometers across, in the walls of neurons. Llinás probes the way nerve cells use these channels to manage and transmit electric signals. Textbooks say that in a neuron, electrical or chemical inputs at one end of th...

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