Where Am I? [Science Tattoo]

By Carl Zimmer | August 15, 2009 9:54 pm

pyramidal220.jpgPatrick, a research specialist in a computational memory lab, writes,

Yesterday, I got my first science tattoo — and first tattoo period — taking inspiration from you and the lovely people in the Science Tattoo Emporium.

Mine is a hippocampal neuron: specifically, a pyramidal cell found in area CA1. It’s been implicated in spatial memory, which is something my lab works on. (In rodent EEG, hippocampal “place response” has been seen in this type of neuron.)  But more than that, I find it to be one of those classically beautiful images in science.

Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement. Science nerd pride!

Click here to go to the full Science Tattoo Emporium.

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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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