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Understand your connectome, understand yourself

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NO ROAD, NO trail can pen­e­trate this for­est. The long and del­i­cate branch­es of its trees lie every­where, chok­ing space with their exu­ber­ant growth. No sun­beam can fly a path tor­tu­ous enough to nav­i­gate the nar­row spaces between these entan­gled branch­es. All the trees of this dark for­est grew from 100 bil­lion seeds plant­ed togeth­er. And, all in one day, every tree is des­tined to die.

This for­est is majes­tic, but also com­ic and even trag­ic. It is all of these things. Indeed, some­times I think it is every­thing. Every nov­el and every sym­pho­ny, every cru­el mur­der and every act of mer­cy, every love affair and every quar­rel, every joke and every sor­row — all these things come from the for­est. Read the rest of this entry »

Landmark study on neural circuits shows that “cells that fire together wire together,” refining the popular “Use it or lose it”

– A net­work of neu­rons recon­struct­ed with large-scale elec­tron microscopy. Cred­it: Clay Reid, Allen Insti­tute; Wei-Chung Lee, Har­vard Med­ical School; Sam Inger­soll, graph­ic artist.

Research on largest net­work of cor­ti­cal neu­rons to date pro­filed (Med­ical Xpress):

Even the sim­plest net­works of neu­rons in the brain are com­posed of mil­lions of con­nec­tions, and exam­in­ing these vast net­works is crit­i­cal to under­stand­ing how the brain works. An inter­na­tion­al team of researchers Read the rest of this entry »

To Be (Your Connectome), or Not to Be (Your Genome)

NO ROAD, NO trail can pen­e­trate this for­est. The long and del­i­cate branch­es of its trees lie every­where, chok­ing space with their exu­ber­ant growth. No sun­beam can fly a path tor­tu­ous enough to nav­i­gate the nar­row spaces between these entan­gled branch­es. All the trees of this dark for­est grew from 100 bil­lion seeds plant­ed togeth­er. And, all in one day, every tree is des­tined to die.

This for­est is majes­tic, but also com­ic and even trag­ic. It is all of these things. Indeed, some­times I think it is every­thing. Every nov­el and every sym­pho­ny, every cru­el mur­der and every act of mer­cy, every love affair and every quar­rel, every joke and every sor­row — all these things come from the for­est. Read the rest of this entry »

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