A new finding by Harvard stem cell biologists turns one of the basics of neurobiology on its head -- demonstrating that it is possible to turn one type of already differentiated neuron into another within the brain.
"Brains are gorgeous at the right magnification", says Mark Miller. His images are quite impressive, particularly since the neurons connecting in the brain resemble the large-scale structure of the universe.
In an effort to identify how the elasticity of the arteries in the brain correlates with aging well, researchers at the Beckman Institute used optical methods developed in their lab to map out the pulse pressure of the entire brain’s cortex.
It's pretty awesome to see an actual neuron and be able to identify it's components A neuron from the hippocampus at magnification. There are approximately 100 billion neurons in the human brain. Image by Dr. Carlo Sala, CNR Institute of Neuroscience
Japanese-inspired art reveals grey matter in colourful glory