Brain Byte


  • Published20 Nov 2020
  • Author Calli McMurray
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

The brain’s resident immune cells, microglia break down toxins and pathogens and clear away dead or damaged tissue.

Brain Bytes showcase essential facts about neuroscience.

Microglia brain byte
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Image by Wang et al. The Journal of Neuroscience, 2016.

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