myelin

n=4


a: Myelin ~
b: plastic insulation

What:

"myelin is like the layer of plastic insulation surrounding an interior wire, which is the nerve. "


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Writer: S. Mithra
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Where:
Date: Dec 30 2013 7:04 PM


Snotty Insulation?

a: Myelin ~
b: slick snot

What:

"The myelin is like slick snot that helps the information go down the axon"


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Writer: Devin
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Where:
Date: Dec 30 2013 7:10 PM


A Molecular Guard Rail

a: Myelin ~
b: the barrier around a motorway

What:

"Myelin is like the barrier around a motorway that prevents cars from going off the road or animals from crossing it. Myelin thus makes the signal faster and helps it go in the right direction. When myelin gets damaged, the signalling isn't as good. This can cause lots of different problems depending on when it happens (e.g. childhood vs adulthood) and what bundle of nerves it affects."


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Writer: Cornelia Carey,
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Where:
Date: Dec 30 2013 7:13 PM


Sometime It Breaks Down

a: Myelin sheath ~
b: rubber coating around copper wire

What: This is the common association for this cell type. But to make a jump to something else, the whole nerve cell can be compared to a garden hose. When a garden hose is in good shape, the water flows freely. The hose helps focus and flow the water stream. When a myelin sheath starts to break down it's somewhat like the hose having a kink in it the impedes the flow of the water through the hose. Something similar occurs with the break down of the nerve cell in the human body.

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Writer: Lucretia
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Where: Reference Link Has Evaporated
Date: May 13 2013 10:19 AM



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