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June 29, 2013

A Detailed 3-D Atlas of a Human Brain

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By Courtney Humphries, Technology Review

Scientists have imaged the anatomy of an entire human brain at unprecedented resolution. More detailed models of the human brain will help researchers explore both normal function and disease. Making connections: The protuberances on this 3-D model of a neuron are “pre-synaptic terminals” –points where the cell will form connections with other neurons. A new resource will allow scientists to explore the anatomy of a single brain in three dimensions at far greater detail than before, a possibility its creators hope will guide the quest to map brain activity in humans. The resource, dubbed the BigBrain, was created as part of the European Human Brain Project and is freely available online for scientists to use.

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