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Connectomics: Unraveling the Secrets of the Brain

The Exciting Science Behind Generating A Map of the Brain

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In 2013, IBM released a short movie, titled A Boy and His Atom, made entirely by manipulating atoms | Gif Source: Imgur
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“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” — Neil Armstrong | Photo Source: The Boston Globe

Of all the parts of the body that humans have studied, there is none more complicated and mysterious than the brain. As biologists move into different terrains, diseases of the nervous system still remain embarrassingly poorly understood… and the physical and functional architecture of the brain is understood much less than any other organ. — Jeff Lichtman, Center for Brain Science, Harvard

The Brain Is Mind-Blowing (Pun Totally Intended)

Quick Crash Course Neuroscience

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The first drawing of the structure of a neuron, drawn by Spanish neuroscientist Ramon y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience. The dendrites and a singular axon can be seen extending from the cell body in the middle | Scientific American

To understand the function of the brain, you really have to understand how they [nerve cells] are connected.

What Is Connectomics?

Light Microscopy, & Brainbow

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A neuron under a light microscope | Austin Community College
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Beautiful images produced by the Brainbow technique developed by the Lichtman lab | Harvard University Center for Brain Science

Electron microscopy and ATLUM

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An image of an extremely small subsection of the brain under an electron microscope | Connectome Project

Analyzing the Images

Summary

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