Photomicrograph of brain tissue from a West Nile encephalitis patient, showing antigen-positive neurons and neuronal processes (in red) | Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images
Mind

Scientists Are Building a ‘Periodic Table’ of Brain Cells From Living Tissue

Researchers are cataloging a dizzying number of different cell types from living brain tissue to help develop treatments for Alzheimer’s and other nerve disorders.

Published On 10/27/2017
4:55 PM EDT
T T here are 86 billion neurons in the human brain and no two of them are exactly alike. If doctors and drugmakers ever hope to develop cures for neurological disorders like epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, autism, or Parkinson’s disease, they’ll first need to understand how each of these very different brain cells work together to build our memories, steer our actions, and preserve our sense of self.