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lacking spines

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  • several hd studies are aimed at understanding losses of nerve cells that transmit and receive information. nerve cells in the inner brain area called the striatum are classified both by their size (large, medium, or small) and appearance (spiny or aspiny). the hallmark of hd, scientist are learning, is selective degeneration of medium-sized spiny nerve cells in the striatum. studies also suggest that losses of certain types of nerve cells and receptors are responsible for the different symptoms and stages of hd. medicinenet.com