Scientists Create Detailed 3-D Model of Human BrainSubmitted by emalvini on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 23:15
Scientists Create Detailed 3-D Model of Human Brain
The virtual BigBrain atlas is hailed by neuroscientists as a technological tour de force that could help them better understand the organ's structure and function.
By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
June 20, 2013, 5:20 p.m.
With painstaking detail, scientists have created a three-dimensional virtual brain that not only maps the organ's anatomy in unprecedented detail but also allows researchers to see how the invisible connections between cells produce the complex behaviors that make us human.
The BigBrain atlas, produced after a five-year effort, was hailed by neuroscientists as a technological tour de force that promises to speed discoveries in an increasingly important field. The work was reported in Friday's edition of the journal Science.
"It absolutely will help us build bridges between the brain's structure and its function," said Dr. John Mazziotta, a UCLA neuroscientist who was not involved in the effort. "The more we understand the components of the machinery, the better position we're in to understand how it works. It's pretty hard to understand how a complex electronic device works if you don't have a good wiring diagram."