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Engineers Study Brain Folding in Higher Mammals

October 1, 2007

researchers examine brain and heart cells Engineers at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., are finding common ground between the shaping of the brain and the heart during embryonic development. Larry A. Taber, Ph.D, and Phillip Bayly, Ph.D., are examining mechanical and developmental processes that occur in the folding of the brain's surface, or cortex, which gives the higher mammalian brain more surface area (and hence, more intellectual capacity) than a brain of comparable volume with a smooth surface. Full Story

Washington University in St. Louis

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