Scientists identify brain region in mice that keeps the body from losing its balance

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Scientists identify brain region in mice that keeps the body from losing its balance

New research reveals how a small part of the brain singlehandedly steadies the body if it is thrown off balance. The study in mice found that this region accomplishes this by moving muscles in a two-step response that first widens the animal’s center of gravity, and then strengthens and stabilizes its limb muscles and joints. These findings offer insight into the mechanics of how animals stay upright when unexpected changes occur beneath their feet.

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