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Neurogenesis: Delayed gratification in the adult brain

  1. Gerd Kempermann  Is a corresponding author
  1. German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases Dresden, TU Dresden, Germany
  2. Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, TU Dresden, Germany
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Cite this article as: eLife 2020;9:e59786 doi: 10.7554/eLife.59786
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Distribution of immature cortical neurons in different mammals.

A particular type of adult neurogenesis in mammals is thought to take place in the cortex through a reservoir of immature cortical neurons, which are created before birth (green, blue and red cells) and remain dormant (indicated by the stop sign) until their maturation into functional neurons might be activated many years later. La Rosa et al. discovered that mammals with larger brains and denser brain folds (e.g., a cat) have more immature cortical neurons than mammals with smaller brains (e.g., a mouse).

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