A New Way to Study the Brain’s Invisible Secrets

May 29, 2017

From: Blogarama
http://www.blogarama.com/schools-and-colleges-blogs/322490-nucleo-tecnologia-municipio-sao-jose-blog/20575406-new-way-study-brains-invisible-secrets-boyden-ted

TED

Neuroengineer Ed Boyden wants to know how the tiny biomolecules in our brains generate emotions, thoughts and feelings — and he wants to find the molecular changes that lead to disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer's. Rather than magnify these Invisible structures with a microscope, he wondered: What if we physically enlarge them and make them easier to see? Learn how the same polymers used to make baby diapers swell could be a key to better understanding our brains.