Scientists Rejoice at the Unveiling of the Fingertip Scope

 - Sep 16, 2011
References: technologyreview & news.discovery
Until the recent exposition of the Fingertip Scope, animal researchers had few options when it came to investigating the neural activity of critters on the move. Luckily, that's all changing and the scientific community expects a deluge of studies to flood in within the coming months and years.

Mice, for instance, are the subject of considerable human curiosity and are subject to most laboratory testing. As a result, it's important that their neural patterns are measured simultaneously as they're exposed to experiments and new medicines. Mounted atop the rodent's head, the Fingertip Scope is capable of measuring the activity of over 200 brain cells -- all while the mouse (or whatever other animal) scurries about its business.

Better yet, the mini microscope is built from readily available, mass-produced goods and costs a paltry $5 to produce. Compare that to the first microscopes in production that set researchers back more than $50,000. Yikes!