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University of Basel

06 January 2021

Neuronal circuits for fine motor skills

A hand holds a lump of spaghetti
Eating spaghetti requires a high level of fine motor skills.(Illustration: University of Basel, Biozentrum)

Writing, driving a screw or throwing darts are only some of the activities that demand a high level of skill. How the brain masters such exquisite movements has now been described in the journal “Nature” by a team of researchers at the University of Basel and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research. A map of brainstem circuits reveals which neurons control the fine motor skills of the arm and hand.

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