Connectomes: Mapping the Circuitry of the Brain

Wired is running an interesting article on the new research field called “connectomics”.

Basically, Harvard researchers built a machine that slices thin layers of brain tissue and then takes high-resolution pictures with an electron microscope, hoping to form detailed diagrams of the actual circuitry of the brain i.e. “connectomes”. This process stands to generate a huge amount of data on how the brain is actually wired. Exciting times!


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