Example of neurons usefully communicating without synapses found in flies [LINK]

by Sniffnoy1 min read23rd Nov 20122 comments

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Or, yet another obstacle to WBE.

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/33350/title/Neurons-Talk-Without-Synapses/

OK, apparently ephaptic coupling is old news, but this seems to be the first example where we can say just what it does and that it is doing something useful.

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Would this really make WBE emulation much harder? We already know som neurons synapse with several thousand others, so adding a few hundred adjacent neurons doesn't seem that much more difficult.