Normally I wouldn't say anything, but stuff like New Technique Offers Faster, More Accurate Way to Count Brain Cells compels me to respond (Wall Street Journal, October 10, 2014).
Such stories seduce me. I am weak.
Counting brain cells helps scientists explain how humans differ from other animals, but until recently, enumerating billions of cells by species was too onerous a task to tackle. That changed with the work of a Brazilian researcher who pioneered a technique that is both fast and accurate.
We’re looking at the most basic properties of brain tissue,” said Suzana Herculano-Houzel, who developed the approach. “What is it made of, what are the rules of putting a brain together and how does the human brain compare to other brains?”