MIT Scientists discover an easier way for enlarging and mapping brain cells

January 19, 2015 8:58 AM

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MIT Scientists discover an easier way for enlarging and mapping brain cells

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found a new and easier way to enlarge and map brain cells – using a technique known as expansion microscopy – which allows researchers to take high resolution images of brain cells with the objective of recreating the functions of every neuron in the brain.

The scientists were seeking a more proficient way to examine the intricate network of brain cells that underlie sight and thought functions, as well as psychiatric diseases when they hit upon the idea of enlarging everything they laid their hands on – thinking the ability to make everything bigger w...

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