Scientists have discovered a new type of cell in the body that contributes to the registration and transport of pain impulses to the brain. These cells were discovered after research on mice. The Swedish researchers describe their findings in the scientific journal Science .
It would be a new type of 'Schwanncel'. These are cells in the body that ensure that impulses such as pain reach the brain faster through the nerves.
The cells are said to be close to the skin. A follow-up study should show whether the new cell is also the cause of diseases in which people experience chronic pain. The discovery could also contribute to the development of new painkillers.
How the discovery has remained under the radar so far is a mystery to the researchers. Perhaps that is because there are other similar cells close to the newly discovered cells, making them less detectable.
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