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Death Is not the Answer

Death Is not the Answer

Barbara Finlay

When I was in graduate school, in the soon-to-be-renamed psychology department at MIT, a graduate student senior to me, Doug Frost, was trying to visualize the first outreach of axons in the developing visual system, and he was suffering. At that time, the only high-definition way to trace axons used a technique developed by MIT’s Walle Nauta, exploiting an unusual affinity of dying axons for silver molecules. If an axon tract was cut, Nauta’s method could show where those degenerating axons connected. Doug, who could be found draped over his microscope any hour of day or night, was trying to modify this technique for the developing brain. He complained bitterly that the ...

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