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A night vision neuron gets a day job

During the day, certain retinal ganglion cells respond specifically to dark, approaching stimuli. A study finds that the retinal circuit that gives rise to this response makes use of an amacrine cell that was previously known for its role in night vision circuitry, demonstrating that some neurons lead double lives.

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Figure 1: Scotopic and photopic retinal circuitry.
Figure 2: Multiple push-pull subunits form an approach detector.


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Oesch, N., Diamond, J. A night vision neuron gets a day job. Nat Neurosci 12, 1209–1211 (2009).

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