Opening the eyes provides an instant visual perception of the world — and it seems effortless. But the process that starts with photons hitting the retina and ends with ‘seeing’ is far from simple. The brain’s fundamental task in ‘seeing’ is to reconstruct relevant information about the world from the light that hits the eyes… Read more

Advanced new microscopes, called mesoSPIMs, are able to image the meticulous detail of brain tissue, down to individual neurons five times thinner than a human hair, and can uncover the 3D anatomy of entire small organs, quicker than ever before. MesoSPIMs enable new insights into brain and spinal cord organization for researchers working to restore… Read more

Super-resolution microscopy was used by University of Queensland researchers to observe key molecules at work inside living brain cells, further unravelling the puzzle of memory formation and the elusive causes of dementia. “One of the distinguishing features of Alzheimer’s disease is the tangles of Tau protein that form inside brain cells, but this is the… Read more

A novel type of imaging dubbed DNA microscopy that can see inside cells at the genomic level has been invented by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigators. Rather than relying on light, or any kind of optics at all, the method uses DNA “bar codes” to help pinpoint molecules’ relative positions within a sample. With… Read more

A previously unknown druggable pocket formed by viral proteins VP1 and VP3 in enteroviruses and rhinoviruses has bee identified in new research. The finding may allow development of new antiviral medications for the common cold, polio, and other illnesses, according to the study by Rana Abdelnabi and Johan Neyts of the University of Leuven, Belgium… Read more