Research: Two Wets & a Dry

Among the many mysteries of life, none is more baffling than the mechanism by which impulses from the brain are transmitted along nerve fibers and eventually to muscles, so that thought is translated into action. Some research ers have concentrated on the chemical aspects of the mechanism, and, because they work with aqueous solutions, they are known in their own esoteric circle as "wets." Those who work with electrical circuitry are the "drys." Neither group has yet been able to offer a complete explanation of nerve-impulse transmission, though each seems to have dug out part of the truth.

Last week, Stockholm's...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!