Looking inside of a mini-brain
Today’s Video of the Day from the Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering describes a new way to study “mini-brains” that could accelerate drug research while reducing the need for animal testing.
“Despite advances in growing mini-brains, it has been difficult to understand in detail what is going on inside – until now,” said study senior author Professor Adrien Roux.
“Typically, to look inside a mini-brain, we slice it thinly and view it on a slide under a microscope. This is a slow process that can damage the sample. Now, for the first time, we have produced high resolution 3D images of single neurons within intact ‘mini-brains’, revealing their remarkable complexity,” explained study lead author Dr. Subashika Govindan.
Video Credit: Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering, Geneva, Switzerland and HEPIA