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Brain Researchers Start Mapping the Human ‘Connectome’

Brain Researchers Start Map­ping the Human ‘Con­nec­tome’ (Press release):

Anal­o­gous to the Human Genome Project—which mapped the human genet­ic code—the Human Con­nec­tome Project seeks to map “the com­plete, point-to-point spa­tial con­nec­tiv­i­ty of neur­al path­ways in the brain,” accord­ing to Arthur W. Toga, PhD, and col­leagues of David Gef­fen School of Med­i­cine, Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia Los Ange­les. They write, “For neu­ro­sci­en­tists and the lay pub­lic alike, the abil­i­ty to assess, mea­sure, and explore this wealth of lay­ered infor­ma­tion con­cern­ing how the brain is wired is a much sought after prize.”

The 100 bil­lion neu­rons of the human ner­vous sys­tem inter­con­nect to form a rel­a­tive­ly small num­ber of “func­tion­al neur­al net­works” respon­si­ble for behav­ior and thought. How­ev­er, even after more than a cen­tu­ry of research, there is no com­pre­hen­sive map of the con­nec­tions of the human brain.”

–> To Learn More: To Be (Your Con­nec­tome), or Not to Be (Your Genome)

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