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This is DishBrain, an in vitro system that combines human brain cells with artificial intelligence technology, which researchers at Australian biotech Cortical Labs recently trained to play the classic 1972 Atari video game Pong. Fluorescent markers show axons in green, neuron bodies in purple, dendrites in red, and all other cells in blue. Where multiple markers are present, colors are merged and typically appear as yellow or pink. Posted: October 12, 2022
Caught on Camera
See some of the coolest images recently featured by The Scientist.
Caught on Camera
Caught on Camera

See some of the coolest images recently featured by The Scientist.

See some of the coolest images recently featured by The Scientist.

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Astrocytes Feed Glioblastoma, Promoting Tumor Growth: Mouse Study
Patience Asanga | Oct 5, 2022 | 3 min read
Starving glioblastoma tumors of the cholesterol made by astrocytes could suppress brain cancer progression.
Giannina Descalzi
Giannina Descalzi Studies the Factors Underlying Chronic Pain
Natalia Mesa, PhD | May 16, 2022 | 3 min read
The University of Guelph neuroscientist is scoping out the brain regions and genes that change as a consequence of pain that lasts for months or even years.
T Cells and Neurons Talk to Each Other
Ashley Yeager | Oct 1, 2020 | 10+ min read
Conversations between the immune and central nervous systems are proving to be essential for the healthy social behavior, learning, and memory.
Infographic: How Cytokines Flow into and out of the Brain
Ashley Yeager | Oct 1, 2020 | 2 min read
Several routes exist for immune cells to communicate with neurons in the central nervous system, though T cells rarely come in direct contact with neural tissue.
Astrocytes, Not Just Neurons, Play a Role in Sleep
Abby Olena, PhD | Sep 24, 2020 | 4 min read
In mice, the brain’s main glial cell type exhibits distinctive patterns of activity across the sleep-wake cycle and influences the response to sleep deprivation.
Infographic: What’s in a Mitochondrion?
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2019 | 1 min read
A study finds variations in the levels of proteins for some important processes among organelles from different brain cells.
Image of the Day: Long-Distance Messaging
The Scientist Staff | Apr 6, 2017 | 1 min read
After an inflammatory injury occurs in the brain, astrocytes release extracellular vesicles that travel to the liver and trigger an immune response.
Glia Help Regulate Circadian Behaviors
Diana Kwon | Mar 23, 2017 | 4 min read
Scientists confirm that astrocytes are involved in regulating molecular and behavioral circadian rhythms in mice. 
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