Researchers at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute have created a tool that aids in discovering how neuronal signals are utilized by neurons, which they announced in an article published April 22. The new tool called a SPOTIT, or a Single-chain Protein-based Opioid Transmission Indicator Tool, probes inside the brain to check for specific neurotransmitters. The project was based on the collaboration of the Peng Li Lab and the Wenjing Wang Lab, which both focus on neuronal interactions within the brain.

Dr. Wenjing Wang spoke with The Michigan Daily about this new tool and its impact.