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“We knew that in embryonic development, some blood cells do go to the brain and become microglial cells,” said Chan. (Microglial cells form part of the supporting structure of the central nervous system. They are characterized by a nucleus from which “branches” expand in all directions.) “This is the first time we have shown that this happens in adulthood. Blood cells can go to one part of the brain and become physically changed to become microglial-like cells.”

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