: A map of the entire fruit-fly brain details the positions and connections of roughly 100,000 neurons.
Posted: July 20, 2018
Z. Zheng et al., Cell
.2018.06.019, 2018. Visualization by Philipp Schlegel (Drosophila connectomics group, Cambridge
HIDE AND SEEK:
Scientists reported this year that the subplate, a predominant layer (bright blue region above the orange cells) of the developing brain, does not disappear in adults, as previously thought.
Posted: June 26, 2018
M.Z. Ozair et al., Cell Stem Cell
, doi:10.1016/j.stem.2018.05.024, 2018. Courtesy of the Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology and Molecular Embryology at the Rockefeller University
THE FIVE PERCENT:
A recently published map of neural networks in the striatum (green dots in center) of the mouse brain reveals previously underappreciated connections.
Posted: May 7, 2018
J.R. Klug et al., eLife
, 10.7554/eLife.35657, 2018. Courtesy of the Salk Institute
Synthetic molecules similar to those produced by sea anemones, such as this Heteractis magnifica
, are neuroprotective in a mouse cell model of Alzheimer’s disease.
Posted: September 4, 2018
A.N. Kvetkina et al., Russ J Bioorg Chem+
, doi:10.1134/S106816201804012X, 2018. Courtesy of Neville Wootton
THROW THE SWITCH:
A computer model of the mouse retina can predict the consequences of altering the function of neurons, such as these horizontal cells.
Posted: June 27, 2018
A. Drinnernberg et al., Neuron
, doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2018.06.001, 2018.
The varying regenerative properties of amphibian, reptile, and mammal tails result from differences in neural stem cells found in the animals' spinal cords, according to a recent study.
Posted: August 17, 2018
A.X. Sun et al., PNAS
, doi:10.1073/pnas.1803780115, 2018. Courtesy of Thomas P. Lozito