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Friday, March 18, 2011

Scientists turn brains into stunning art

From MIT Technology Review: "Harvard scientists devised a way to make mouse neurons glow in a breathtaking array of colors, a technique dubbed “Brainbow.” Using a clever trick of genetic engineering genes for three or more different fluorescent proteins were combined like paints to generate different hues allowing researchers to create a system to make each neuron glow one of 100 different colors. Now, fruit fly researchers have a similar visual show on their hands. Last week, two Brainbow-based methods for making fly neurons glow customized colors—called dBrainbow and Flybow. " Have a look at this incredible art these processes  have created.

Credit: Phuong Chung, Stefanie Hampel, and Julie H. Simpson/HHMI


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