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The Brain’s “On” Button

Researchers have determined that the protein long suspected of being the "master switch" allowing brains to operate does indeed have that function.

Researchers have determined that the protein long suspected of being the “master switch” allowing brains to operate does indeed have that function. “The protein called synaptotagmin1 (Syt1) is the sole trigger for the release of neurotransmitters in the brain.” The discovery may be useful in understanding brain malfunctions such as autism, epilepsy and others.


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