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Special brain cells 'talk fertility'

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, June 25, 2009 | 0 comments

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Scientists have discovered how the fertility part of the brain communicates; a finding they claim could pave the way for new treatment methods.

An international team, led by University of Otago, has found that fertility is controlled by a thousand or so special neurons that are linked by long, branch-like dendrites instead of the usual synapses.

The study focuses on a small and relatively scattered population of cells, known as gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons, whose mode of communication has been unknown until now.

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