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Laboratory brain

As part of her PhD at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), biologist Caroline Brandão Teles has been studying the relationship between schizophrenia and defects in neural cells known as oligodendrocytes—which she has been attempting to create from stem cells. Photos taken in May, with the nuclei dyed blue and a specific antibody dyed green, suggest she has been successful, and she is now attempting to confirm the results via further tests. Producing oligodendrocytes with the genetic profile of a specific patient using stem cells obtained from their skin or urine is essential to understanding the relationship between their symptoms and cell behavior.

Image submitted by biologist Daniel Martins-de-Souza, head of the UNICAMP Neuroproteomics Laboratory