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Methods Cell Biol. 2003;71:1-16.

Comparing the properties of neuronal culture systems: a shopping guide for the cell biologist.

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Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA.


Cell biologists of many stripes may find that their question of interest can be studied to advantage in neurons. However, they will also find that "neurons" include many and diverse cell types among which perhaps just one or a few may be ideal for a particular experiment. This chapter discusses the properties, relative complexity, and cost of primary neurons and neuronal cell types from different species and parts of the nervous system and compares their utility for different kinds of cell biological experiments.

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