Nitric oxide gas has now been found to act as a switch during developmental remodelling of axonal projections from neurons: high gas levels promote the degeneration of unwanted axons and low levels support subsequent regrowth.
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Awasaki, T., Ito, K. Regeneration switch is a gas. Nature 531, 182–183 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature17308