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A New Look at How Neurons Compute

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Science  29 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5488, pp. 2256-2257
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5488.2256b

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By studying how retinal neurons calculate the direction of movement, researchers have hoped to learn general lessons about how brain neurons compute. But the studies were handicapped because no one knew which retinal neurons do the math. Now, on page 2347, a team reports evidence that the directional computations take place in retinal neurons called ganglion cells.