The robotic Microscope allows researchers to graduate from population studies to longitudinal studies of individual neurons.
Neurons are the structural and functional blocks that make up the human nervous system. Neurodegenerative disease is a broad terminology that encompasses various conditions resulting in the progressive death of neurons, such as Parkinson’s disease (PD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s disease (HD), and Alzheimer’s disease.
Sadly, no disease-modifying therapies are available for any of these diseases. There are several reasons for this lack of treatments.
Lack of disease models that faithfully replicate disease characteristics:
Take a quick scan around you, and what do you see?
Everything we see is, in fact, composed of elementary particles of light called photons that reflect off of the objects in our visual path. Our eyes collect these reflected particles and, with the help of our brain, generate images for us to see. Although the human eye consists of remarkable machinery that enables us to interact with the world, it has some limitations.
First, our eyes have evolved to capture only a fraction of the light emitted by the sun, which we refer to as “visible” light.