IMAGES: Charting Brain Receptors

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Science  14 Oct 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5746, pp. 207
DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5746.207c

Red marks the spots with the highest density of serotonin transporters in a labeled slice of a human brain. The transporter helps recycle the neurotransmitter serotonin, which plays a role in schizophrenia, anxiety, and depression. Researchers studying the distribution of neurotransmitter receptors and transporters in the brain can get an eyeful at this new atlas from Columbia University. The images map the abundance of receptors that might contribute to psychiatric illnesses and neurological disorders. Users can view slices from various parts of the brain and from different orientations. You can also compare tagged brain slices with PET and MRI scans of patients.

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