New cell marking technique to help understand how our brain works

22 diciembre 2014

A new technique to mark individual brain cells to help improve our understanding of how the brain works has been developed by researchers. In neuroscience research, it is a challenge to individually label cells and to track them over space or time. Our brain has billions of cells and to be able to distinguish them at the single-cell level, and to modify their activity, is crucial to understand such a complex organ. The new marking technique, known as multicolour RGB tracking, allows single cells to be encoded with a heritable color mark generated by a random combination of the three basic colours (red, green and blue).