Enter Richard Leapman’s lab at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and you’ll find a serial block-face scanning electron microscope, the size of a lab freezer, busily slicing and scanning pancreatic tissue, blood platelets, or other biological matter. In 12 hours, there will be 20,000 images of 25-nanometer-thick slices of each sample.
Investigating the Role of Different Brain Regions in Memory and Decision-Making
BY CLAIRE E. MCCARTHY, NCI
When you walk into Elisabeth Murray’s office, you can see a 3-D model of the brain belonging to Patient H.M., a man well known by students in psychology and neuroscience. In 1953, surgeons removed his medial temporal lobe to stop his epileptic seizures. The surgery helped, but there was an unfortunate side effect.
Let’s talk microbes! This is what members of the NIH community were doing this spring as they came together to discuss science journalist Ed Yong’s 2016 book I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life as a part of the second annual Big Read at the NIH.
Barbra Streisand knows how to command an audience, whether she’s behind a microphone, a camera, or a podium. After a storied career beguiling theater-goers, Streisand’s new goal is not just to warm hearts but to save them from disease as well.