Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A new class of bipolar cells

Neuroscientists reconstructed the arrangement of neurons in a section of mouse retina after imaging the tissue with electron microscopy. FABIAN ISENSEE, JULIA KUHL; HELMSTAEDTER ET AL.It took 225 undergraduates more than 20,000 hours of work to map the wiring diagram of a 117 µm by 80 µm patch of a mouse retina. They did discover a new class of bipolar cells, however the patch was too small to determine its exact function: a larger patch is necessary. They will try to achieve this through a crowd-sourcing project known as EyeWire.

News article: Making connections in the eye