September 21, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

BDNF Miracle-Gro

2 min read

I appreciate fun linguistic approaches to explaining science such as a good science metaphor and I use them myself at times, but sometimes these end up risking doing much more harm than good. The best or should I say worst example I’ve heard recently is referring to a growth factor called BDNF as “Miracle-Gro for the brain”. What the heck? BDNF is the acronym for brain-derived neurotrophic factor. It is a growth and trophic factor that has the exciting potential to induce helpful changes in the …Read More