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More than 30 years ago, Blobel took the first step toward running an experiment in a cell-free system. Today, his approach remains
essential to how biologists seek answers.
It took two years to get his sample, and three more to master his method. But by the end of his graduate training, Carlos Rico had nailed it: a new system to pinpoint candidate drugs.
“I don’t think worms get depressed, but they do have serotonin and dopamine. They also have oxytocin, but I don’t think they use it to fall in love.”
Despite decades of study, we know surprisingly little about why neurons fail and memories fade. One researcher is finding clues where few others have looked—in the brain’s blood chemistry.