Oberbeck, Denesa
September 2008
Alcohol Research & Health;2008, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p249
Academic Journal
The article presents information on some of the principles of laser-assisted microdissection (LMD) and its use in alcohol research. The LMD techniques were initially developed for cancer research to separately analyze tumor cells and nearby normal tissue but now they are widely used throughout biomedical research. LMD enables investigators to accurately dissect individual groups of brain cells. It is reported that investigators are beginning to use LMD to isolate specific neurons from a group of nerve cells called the Edinger-Westphal nucleus, which have been shown to be uniquely sensitive to the effects of alcohol.


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