Trying to Understand a Newly Discovered Autism-Linked Gene, Image #4


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 glial 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. This particular image shows only the glial staining. [It] was taken as part of optimization experiment. The end goal was to use this antibody to determine if an autism-related protein co-expressed with the glial marker antibody."