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Molecular Neuroscience is a branch of neuroscience that examines the biology of the nervous system with molecular biology, molecular genetics, protein chemistry and related methodologies.[1] Molecular biology studies how deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) forms ribonucleic acid (RNA) which makes protein. When molecular biology is studied to gain understanding of the nervous system, then this is the basis of molecular neuroscience. Molecular neuroscience studies ion channels, receptors, enzymes to understand neural function. Ionotropic receptors, metabotropic receptors, molecular anatomy, nervous system, neurogentive disease and molecular mechanismsneurotransmitter release, receptor cloning, signal transduction mechanisms, synaptic plasticity response, and voltage gated ion channels are a few of the fields studied by molecular neuroscientists.[2]

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  1. [http://www.cellbio.wustl.edu/faculty/huettner/MOLNEUR.htm To the student: Molecular neuroscience is the youngest of the major neuroscience subdisciplines, having been born a mere 15 years ago]. URL accessed on 2008-12-26.
  2. Revest, Patricia (1998). Molecular Neuroscience (digitised by google books online), Taylor & Francis. URL accessed 2008-12-26.
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