Tel Aviv: Glia cells, derived from the Greek word for glue, hold the brain`s neurons (cells) together and protect the cells that determine our thoughts and behaviours.Researchers say that glia cells, which had long puzzled scientists, are central to the brain`s adaptability, learning and information storage.Actually, glia cells do much more than hold the brain together, says doctoral student Maurizio De Pittà of Tel Aviv University (TAU) Schools of Physics and Astronomy and Electrical Engineering. A mechanism within the glia cells also sorts information for learning purposes, the journal Public Library of Science reports."Glia cells are like the brain`s supervisors. By regulating the synapses (junctions of nerve cells), they control the transfer of information between neurons, affecting how the brain processes information and learns," De Pitta adds, according to a Tel Aviv statement.
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