Trying to Understand a Newly Discovered Autism-Linked Gene, Image #1


This image, captured by Michael Wells, investigates the location of an autism-linked protein within the brain.


Michael Wells
Feng Laboratory, MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

"This is an image of mouse brain cells cultured on a plastic coverslip and then stained with fluorescent antibodies. [It] was taken as part of a larger autism study in which I was attempting to determine the subcellular localization of a particular autism-related protein. [The] image indicates that the autism-related protein of interest may be expressed in glial cells, which are the support cells of the brain."