NSF’s Science360 Photo of the Week - Brain cells glow in dark with bioluminescent sensor
Three hippocampal neurons glowing with bioluminescent light produced by a new genetically engineered sensor. A team of Vanderbilt University scientists has genetically modified luciferase, the enzyme that produces bioluminescence, so that it acts as an optical sensor that records activity in brain cells. Image credit: Carl Johnson, Vanderbilt University Like this photo? Sign up for NSF’s Science360 News Service for a daily dose of STEM radio, news, videos and more cool images like this.