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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Discovery News: The Brain: Now in Ultra High-Res 3D


The Brain: Now in Ultra High-Res 3D : Discovery News:

"A three-dimensional image is important because the function of brain cells can depend on where they are in relation to each other." (2013)



While I am sure this kind of technology can produce useful information, I'm also a bit skeptical about HOW useful it will actually be, because the structure of each brain is highly individual: the result of how the brain constantly rewires itself to accommodate new paradigms, and trauma.
"Today, researchers have unveiled the most detailed 3-D image of the human brain ever taken. The image reveals structures as tiny as 20 microns, 50 times smaller than those created using the best MRI technology.

The image, made as part of a project called the BigBrain, is part of a larger effort to create a high-resolution computer model of the human brain that can serve as a reference point for future studies. Data from other studies can be combined with this model to allow scientists to link brain function to specific groups of nerve cells." (2013)


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Reference:

EMSPAK, J. (JUN 20, 2013). The brain: Now in ultra-high-res 3d [Web]. In DiscoveryNews.
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          http://news.discovery.com/tech/biotechnology/brain-ultra-high-res-3d-130620.htm


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