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Brain_zpsac8075a4This is the first ever 3D microstructural model of the entire human brain, and it’s publicly available to researchers world-wide at no cost.

Imagine being able to zoom into the brain to see various cells the way we zoom into Google maps of the world and can see houses on a street. And keep in mind that the brain is considered the most complex structure in the universe with 86 billion neurons. Zooming in is now possible thanks to a new brain atlas with unprecedented resolution. BigBrain is the first 3D microstructural model of the entire human brain, and is free and publicly available to researchers world-wide. The results of the BigBrain model, created at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, McGill University – in collaboration with researchers at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, are published today in the June 20 issue of Science (http://www.sciencemag.org/content/340/6139/1472).

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