These Tiny Cells Shape Your Life

Like an octopus at a buffet, the branches of microglia are constantly surveying your brain looking for bits of synapses to nibble on.

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Thanks to Beth Stevens, Associate Professor at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and Amy and Arnaud at the Stevens Lab, for their time and help with this video. For more information on microglia, synaptic pruning and the “eat me” signal, check the publications of the Stevens Lab:

And special thanks to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation:
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This video was written by Teagan Wall and Vanessa Hill. Filming by Dominique Taylor. Animations by Vanessa.

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