Let there be light

New technology illuminates neuronal conversations in the brain

By Tina Hesman Saey, 08:55 AM January 14, 2010

In the beginning, the brain was a dark and shapeless void.

Then scientists deployed dyes, and lo, the intricate branching of brain cells called neurons was revealed. It was good but didn’t show which cells rubbed branches with others.

After a time, scientists brought forth electrodes and functional MRI machines to eavesdrop on neurons’ electrical chatter. It was good, but the message was hearsay. It could not show that any specific chitchat caused a particular behavior.

Then the scientists said...

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