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Title: Technical advances power neuroscience

New techniques are helping researchers study the development of nerve cells in cell cultures and in vivo. These new methods are offering insights into the brain that were not available even a couple of years ago. Among the new advances discussed are imaging technology for evaluating the thinking human brain. One area in which researchers have made recent progress is the quest for ways to create immortal cell lines from specific types of nerve cells. Other projects using genetically engineered retroviruses and tumor-inducing genes, as well as gene regulation are discussed. Recent advances in neuroscience techniques apply not only to neurons, but also to whole brains as well. One example is a high-resulution electroencephalogram (EEG). Although the EEG cannot pin down the actual sites of activity as precisely as static brain imaging methods, it complements them with real-time recording that can keep up with the very rapid pace of brain activity.
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OSTI Identifier:
5963596
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Science (Washington, D.C.); (USA); Journal Volume: 250:4983
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; BRAIN; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; GENETIC ENGINEERING; CELL CULTURES; CLONE CELLS; ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHY; GENE REGULATION; IMAGE PROCESSING; IN VIVO; NERVE CELLS; ONCOGENES; PHYSIOLOGY; REAL TIME SYSTEMS; VIRUSES; ANIMAL CELLS; BODY; CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM; DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUES; GENES; MICROORGANISMS; NERVOUS SYSTEM; ORGANS; PARASITES; PROCESSING; SOMATIC CELLS 550200* -- Biochemistry