Your brain, on glowing-neuron genes

Mouse brains light up to track neuron activity with special genes.

Okay, it's not really your brain, it's the brain of special Harvard and MIT lab mice.

Biology joke: How does a mouse get into MIT?...Good genes! Specifically, those injected with a special set of glowy genes manufactured from bioluminescent sea critters. They make their little brains light up, literally.

The images produced are fascinating and beautiful. You can see the neurons firing and see how many different neural network configurations are going on at any one moment for muscle coordination or information processing. Full story and photos at Wired News.

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