In the Lab

Collage of scientists prepping and looking at slides
When the Calgary Brain Bank receives a donation, neuroscientist Jeffrey Joseph meticulously divvies up tissue samples for researchers to study.
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Your selections: In the Lab
Explore the frontiers of brain science in this lesson plan from The New York Times education blog.
  • New York Times
Take a guided tour through Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's animal research facility with this video.
  • Americans for Medical Progress
How can a fruit fly teach us about our senses? Watch this video and see how scientists use fruit flies to learn more about our sense of smell.
  • Beckman Institute
Play a game to map the brain with other online citizen-neuroscientists.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The neurology professor contemplates the ethical issues raised by neuroscience research.
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Cockroaches are quickly evolving to avoid precisely the yummy, sweet-tasting poisoned baits that I was using to keep them out of my kitchen.
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Neuroscientist Liz Burnett explains how animal models help scientists understand the healthy body and what goes wrong during disease.
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  • 7 min
Mice, bugs and hamsters are no longer the only way to study the brain. Functional MRI (fMRI) allows scientists to map brain activity in living, breathing, decision-making human beings.
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  • 13 min
A gene controls neuronal traffic in the assembly of this electrical circuit.
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Vision requires teamwork. Nerve cells in the retina communicate with one another to create optimal messages to send to the brain.
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Animals in research are good for humans and the animals, too. Learn about the many benefits to this approach: kids edition.
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Animals in research are good for humans and the animals, too. Learn about the many benefits to this approach: teens edition.
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3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.