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What makes us human is not just a question for philosophy, but a question for science:

Commenting on this report, Pritzker Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and an expert on LTP, Robert Malenka, says that “It is certainly possible that via several different mechanisms, differences in the number and/or properties of astrocytes could contribute to the greater intellectual capacity of humans compared to other species.  This work is an important first step in exploring this possibility.”

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