NYSCF – Robertson Investigator Creates New Technology to 3D Image Biological Samples
NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator Dr. Ed Boyden, MIT Media Lab, described in Science the newest technology developed in his lab for imaging biological samples. The technology, called expansion microscopy, physically magnifies the sample itself using a swellable polymer and adding water, making the sample itself grow, as opposed to traditional microscopy using only lenses to observe samples.
This technique gives scientists the ability to image large, intact, 3D structures with nanoscale precision. This may be a key tool to use in comprehensive, precise brain mapping which would allow scientists to better understand both normal and diseased brain function.