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Patch clamping, a method that allows scientists to study the electrical activity of single cells, is one of the oldest tools in the neuro...
Author Todd Balf gets a front-row seat as Hugh Herr plots his next big act—a $100 million project to end a slate of disabling conditions
Success rate is comparable to that of highly trained scientists performing the process manually
You’ll likely hear Hugh Herr before you see him.The charismatic leader of MIT’s biomechatronics research group wears two next-generation ...
Revealing insights into the human condition and repairing brain disorders via novel tools for mapping and fixing brain computations
Enlarging clinical samples for imaging to understand the building blocks of pathologies with nanoscale precision
Why was Einstein’s brain so good at some things and not others? Why is yours?
The technique, tested in rodents, could yield better sensation and control of prosthetic limbs
Lower-extremity amputation surgery has not seen significant change since the Civil War. This research is focused on the development of no...
Muscle grafts could help amputees sense and control artificial limbs.
High-resolution imaging with conventional microscopes:Tissue-expansion technique could allow scientists to map brain circuits.
Brain circuits are large, 3D structures. However, the building blocks—proteins, signaling complexes, synapses—are or...
Enhancing human physical capability
We are providing our tools to the community, and also using them within our lab, to analyze how specific brain mechanisms (molecular, cel...
The brain is a three-dimensional, densely-wired circuit that computes via large sets of widely distributed neurons i...
We have pioneered the development of fully genetically encoded reagents that, when targeted to specific cells, enabl...
We have developed a set of "optogenetic" reagents: fully genetically encoded reagents that, when targeted to specifi...
New technologies for recording neural activity, controlling neural activity, or building brain circuits, may be capable some day of servi...