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[DIGEST: NCBI 1, 2 & 3, Science Alert]

Scientists have discovered a giant neuron wrapped around the entire circumference of a mouse's brain. This neuron is densely connected across both hemispheres: So much so that these researchers believe it could finally explain the origins of consciousness. Consciousness relies on connections between all parts of the brain. The connections of this giant neuron center around an area of the brain that has been linked to regaining consciousness, seizure disorders, gender differences in the brain and the perception of time.

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