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French to English: Extract from an article on neurobiological research published in 'La Recherche', November 2002
Source text - French A quoi serviraient les neurones si les synapses n'existaient pas? A rien! La synapse, c'est cette zone de contact, spécialisée dans la transmission du message nerveux, qu'instaurent les neurones entre eux ou avec les cellules musculaires. Sans elles aucune information sensorielle, aucun ordre moteur ne pourraient être transmis. C'est peu dire que nombre d'équipes travaillent à élucider non seulement son fonctionnement, mais aussi la façon dont cette synapse se forme. Thomas Südhof et son équipe du Howard Hughes Medical Institute, à Dallas au Texas, viennent d'ajouter un élément peut-être décisif à ce second versant du dossier synapse: une protéine nommée SynCAM
Translation - English What use would neurones be if synapses didn't exist? They would be no use at all! A synapse is a contact zone which is introduced between two neurones or between a neurone and a muscle cell, which specialises in the transmission of neural messages. Without synapses, no sensory information and no motor commands coudl be transmitted. It is an understatement to say that many teams are working on clarifying not only how they work, but also the way in which synapses are formed. Thomas Südhof and his team from the Howard Hushes Medical Institute in Dallas, Texas, have just added what is possibly a decisive element to this second aspect of the investigation into the synapse, namely a protein called SynCAM.
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