Asked • 07/19/19

Why do neurones use chemical signalling at synaptic junctions?

When a neurone fires, it sends an electrical signal that jumps down the axon via the nodes of Ranvier very rapidly. At a synaptic junction, chemical Brownian diffusion signalling with receptor surface proteins is relatively slow and is often exploited by venoms and susceptible to toxins (on the plus side it's the reason a lot of medical drugs work). It seems flawed for evolution to have selected for this rather than some alternative quicker and more direct electrical interface.**Question.** Why are chemical synaptic interfaces used in higher organisms at the synaptic junction?

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