A carbon nanotube coated tape for serial-section electron microscopy
An international research team centered at Japan’s National Institute for Physiological Sciences with German Max Planck Institute and ZEISS Microscopy developed a carbon nanotube (CNT) tape for facilitating serial-section electron microscopy used for reconstructing brain circuits. The superior properties of the described tape enable even larger-scale imaging projects – as imaging becomes more reliable and image quality is improved. In particular high-throughput imaging devices such as ZEISS MultiSEM benefit from this recent development.
What is the neural basis of our minds and consciousness?
Researchers believe the answer resides in the precise “wiring diagram” of our brains, the connections between all of its neurons. However, little is known about the details of this wiring diagram because existing methods for mapping the brain’s circuits are inadequate. Scientists from Japan’s National Institute for Physiological Sciences and their collaborators have made a substantial advance in the method for automatically collecting thin brain sections that are then used for reconstructing its wiring diagram. These wiring diagrams not only elucidate normal brain function but can also be used for the diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases such as schizophrenia, Alzheimers and autism.