Biologically Produced Electrical Fields: Physiology Spoken Here
Like many other areas of developmental biology, an appreciation of the molecular and genetic controls of nerve growth and regeneration has dominated the last 40 years of inquiry. These approaches have indeed provided some stunning new insights, but they have also squeezed out other important disciplines. This intellectual myopia is particularly true concerning the literature on endogenous and applied voltages in development and regeneration. Other scholars have remarked upon this bias. Dale Purves and Jeff Lichtman noted in their book Principles of Neural Development: “The idea that embryonic currents influence axon outgrowth (or other aspects of embryonic pattern) is often given rather short shrift” (p 127).
KeywordsNeural Tube Voltage Gradient Direct Current Voltage Leak Pathway Vertebrate Embryo
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