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Human brain mapped in 3-D with high resolution

“BigBrain” model, the most detailed atlas yet, could improve brain scanning tools and neurosurgeons’ navigation

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2:01pm, June 20, 2013

A new 3-D map of the brain is the best thing since sliced cold cuts, at least to some neuroscientists.

“It’s a remarkable tour-de-force to reconstruct an entire human brain with such accuracy,” says David Van Essen, a neuroscientist at Washington University in St. Louis.

Using a high-tech deli slicer and about 100,000 computer processors, researchers shaved a human brain into thousands of thin slivers and then digitally glued them together. The result is the most detailed brain atlas ever published. Dubbed BigBrain, the digital model has a resolution 50 times greater in each of the three spatial dimensions than currently availa

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