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This Week in Science

In this week's Science, a team led by researchers at the University of Gottingen Medical Center describe a three-dimensional model of an average synapse in the rat brain, which displays roughly 300,000 proteins in atomic detail. The scientists removed isolated synaptic terminals from the brains of adult rats and observed the details of the membrane trafficking pathway by which neurotransmitter-releasing synaptic vesicles are destroyed and rebuilt.

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