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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Neuron circuits visualization

Three dramatic new ways to visualize brain tissue and neuron circuits
May 7, 2018

The "dentate gyrus" section of a transgenic mouse,  imaged and colored-coded to reveal the distribution of the nerve cells. (credit: The University of Hong Kong)
May lead to breakthroughs in tracking brain disorders such as autism,
schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's Visualizing human brain tissue in vibrant
transparent colors Neuroscientists from The University of Hong Kong (HKU)
and Imperial College London have developed a new method called
“OPTIClear” for 3D transparent color visualization (at the microscopic level)
of complex human brain circuits. To understand how the brain works,
neuroscientists map how neurons (nerve cells) are wired …

Brain cells interacting in real time

Illustration: An astrocyte (green) interacts with a synapse (red),
producing an optical signal (yellow) 
. (credit: UCLA/Khakh lab)

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