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Nerve cell

All cells in the body are electrical

Few people are aware that all life is electric, and we use approximately one third of the body's energy consumption to maintain the electrical tensions in the body's cells. All of our senses are based on electricity, our brain and all the neurons are electric.

Now researchers are beginning to find new aspects of the body's electrical signals. Among other things, when it comes to nerve signals, the traditional theory of how a nerve signal is transported in the nerve cells is challenged by a new theory. Two leading research groups, both with address at Blegdamsvej, disagree on what really happens in the human body.

One group led by Neuroscientist Rune Berg from the Panum Institute defends the current explanation for a nerve signal. The new explanation about how a nerve signal is transmitted, from the moment you stub your toe on a chair until you say "Ouch!", is presented by Professor Thomas Heimburg from the Niels Bohr Institute. Here science journalist Jens Degett interviews Rune Berg (in Danish). 

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