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Features / Special Reports / 2016: Year in review

Spectrum of color: Our favorite photos from 2016

26 December 2016

You’re it: ‘Complement’ proteins, in green, tag the junctions of human neurons, targeting them for destruction by immune cells called microglia.

Heather de Rivera/McCarroll Lab/Harvard

Sorting cells: Cleared brain tissue contains a mix of neurons (nuclei shown in blue) and star-shaped cells called astrocytes (red).

Ali Ertürk

Rainbow connections: Neurons that inhibit brain signals (green) adorn this microscope image of a zebrafish.

Kate Turner

Almost home: A new cage for lab mice mimics the animals’ natural burrows, providing a realistic environment for studies of social behavior.

Anna Mirgos

Slices of life: To paint a portrait of a single human brain, scientists colored the tissue with stains that mark certain cells and their parts.

Ed Lein

Mosaic mind: A map of the brain’s surface divides each hemisphere into 180 functional areas, including those that govern hearing (red), vision (blue), and sensation and movement (green).

Matthew F. Glasser and David C. Van Essen / WUSTL

Color cascade: Different nerve tracts glow green or purple in this transparent mouse brain.

Ali Ertürk

Live wires: In this tangle of cells from a tiny piece of mouse brain, a network of neurons (red) spring to action when a mouse sees a certain image.

Clay Reid, Allen Institute; Wei-Chung Lee, Harvard Medical School; Sam Ingersoll, graphic artist

Baking a brain: Culturing spheres of neurons that resemble the human brain can help scientists understand the effects of the Zika virus or the origins of autism.

Qian X / Cell

Riot of red: Scientists can turn on a top autism gene, SHANK3 (red), after mouse brains are fully formed.

Mei Y / Nature
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