Hungarian scientists have discovered a new kind of human brain cell, it has been revealed.
In a study published by the Nature Neuroscience journal, a research team, co-led by Ed Lein and Gábor Tamás, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at the University of Szeged, have uncovered the unique find.
According to medicalpress.com, Tamás and University of Szeged doctoral student Eszter Boldog dubbed these new cells "rosehip neurons”. The newly discovered “cells belong to a class of neurons known as inhibitory neurons, which put the brakes on the activity of other neurons in the brain.”
The researchers are not yet clear on what the cells do for the brain but research is continuing. The scientists have already found that they are as of yet unique to humans following tests on animals, including mice.
According to reports, the team’s next steps are to “look for rosehip neurons in postmortem brain samples from people with neuropsychiatric disorders to see if these specialized cells might be altered in human disease.”