Spherical cluster (neurosphere) of neurons with radiating beams of blinding neon light, differentiated from embryonic stem cells (for the record, those are just cellular processes branching out from individual cells) confocal credit: Sharona Even-Ram
New hope for Alzheimer's sufferers as breakthrough allows scientists to grow new brain cells from normal skin
New hope for Alzheimer's sufferers as breakthrough allows scientists to grow new brain cells from normal skin A single genetic tweak is all that is needed to turn ordinary skin cells into functioning brain cells, scientists have shown.
Neurons in the brain Credit: Dr Jonathan Clarke. Pyramidal neurons forming a network in the brain. These are nerve cells from the cerebral cortex that have one large apical dendrite and several basal dendrites.
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
The entire connectome, a comprehensive tracing of nerve connections, is revealed for a small mouse muscle that wiggles the mouse’s ear (reconstruction from fluorescent protein-labeled muscle nerves). Image: Ju Lu and Jeff Lichtman, Harvard University