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A researcher from UCLA recently sent human brain cells into space, with the goal of understanding how they react to and develop in an environment of microgravity (weightlessness). Astronauts have reported intracranial hypertension upon returning to Earth following space missions.
Human neural stem cells. Courtesy of ZEISS.
To effectively study effects of space on brain cells, Dr. Araceli Espinosa-Jeffrey, a research neurobiologist at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, needed microscopy equipment to conduct time-sensitive 72-hour time lapse to capture images of changes in neural stem cells when gravity changes. ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions provided a one-month loan of equipment, which processed…