Part of our challenge in studying the brain is that it has such small components. For a huge part of human history, we just haven’t had the technology to see neural communication. We continue to be limited by available technology. But one lab is quickly making a name for themselves by thinking outside the box to create new technologies for us to see neural processes. One of Ed Boyden’s relatively recent innovations is called expansion microscopy. It makes things bigger so that we can see what was previously out of reach.
Read more about this cool new technology in my article published on That’s Life [Science].