Molecules and cellular processes important for nervous system development can be repurposed in adulthood for the regulation of adult neurogenesis, synaptic plasticity, and neural regeneration following injury or degeneration. Efforts to recapitulate neural development in order to ameliorate injury or disease are promising, but these often fall short of functional restoration due in part to our incomplete understanding of how these damaged circuits initially developed. Despite these limitations, such strategies provide hope that harnessing developmental mechanisms can restore nervous system functions following damage or disease.
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- Developmental Biology