Development of the Retinotectal Projection in Chicks

  • Steven C. McLoon
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 78)


Connections between neurons do not develop in a random fashion but rather in orderly predetermined patterns. This developmental phenomenon is commonly referred to as “neuronal specificity”. There are many gradations of neuronal specificity which range from a population of neurons forming connections with another specific population of neurons to a single axonal branch synapsing with a specific region of a dendrite. The precision with which the connections between any two populations of neurons are predetermined and the mechanisms involved in the formation of these connections in an orderly manner are matters of considerable controversy and study.


Ganglion Cell Retinal Ganglion Cell Ganglion Cell Layer Retinal Projection Chick Retina 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven C. McLoon
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA

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