It has been one of the biggest dream of neuroscientists across the globe to be able to track the several interactions among the brain cells in animals, who move freely and behave according to the natural circumstances. The Rockefeller University has developed a new technology, which is considered as a big step towards achieving the big dream. The invention has been reported in the Nature Methods and is projected to provide the researchers with a tool that will help in studying the role of the brain in different behavior and circumstances.
Alipasha Vaziri, who led the development of technology as the head of the Laboratory of Biophysics and Neurotechnology stated that as of now, the technology has been designed only to be tested on mice; however, it is expected that someday it will help in conducting tests on for neuronal activity in humans as well. Furthermore, it might allow in understanding the neuronal basis of several brain disorders, including schizophrenia and autism.
This tool is also expected to offer an opening to a wide and exciting range of discoveries. When an animal moves around the environment, some of the neurons direct spatial navigation to the animal, while some of the animals receive sensory feedback starting from the position of the body or its virtual system. Till date no one has been able to detect how these neurons are different, which can be found at different depths within the volume of the brain tissue and further dynamically interact in a freely moving rodent.