Scientists discover the material compound in diapers can enlarge brain cells

January 19, 2015 10:37 AM

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Sodium polyacrylate, the chemical used to cause enlargement of baby diapers when they absorb water or any other liquids, has been found helpful for a study that seeks to increase the sizes of brain cells for better imaging. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers were looking for a better way to enlarge brain cells to enable them take high resolution images when they accidentally stumbled across the relevance of sodium polyacrylate in diapers for their research.

Termed “expansion microscopy”, the new technique will allow for the effortless increase of tissue samples to sizes that allow for easy imaging. Unlike other scientific techniques, expansion microscopy is very simple and inexpensive; all the scientist need do is to embed samples of tissue into a poly...

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