Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New Sensors Directly Track The Brain's Chemical Messengers For The First Time

Imaging the Brain Patrick Gillooly

From Popular Science:

Courtesy of those brainy folk at MIT and Caltech.

This is your brain. This is your brain's blood flow, courtesy of brain scan technologies. And this is dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain that plays pivotal roles in learning, memory, addiction and movement. MIT and Caltech scientists have created new molecular sensors that allow them to track dopamine for the first time, and provide the most direct detection ever of brain activity.

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