By implanting transparent skulls into mice, scientists believe they can uncover new insights into how the brain works as a whole – a search that may lead to new treatments for Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease. Other brain disorders.
"This new device allows us to examine brain activity at the smallest level by zooming in on specific neurons while getting an overview of a large part of the brain's surface at over time, "said Suhasa Kodandaramaiah, a researcher at the University of Minnesota. .
In a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, the research team explains how she used a scanner and a 3D printer to create transparent replicas of the skulls of dozens of mice.
During the operation, the scientists then replaced the own skulls of the mouse with transparent replicas, called See-Shells.
The team has already used their transparent skulls to study the consequences of a mild concussion in one area of the brain and remains convinced that the See-Shell will allow similar studies to be done on other types of brain problems.
"These are studies that we could not do in humans," said researcher Timothy J. Ebner, "but they are extremely important in understanding how the brain works to improve people's treatments." suffering from lesions or diseases of the brain. "
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