3-D Atlas Of The Brain Reveals Tiny Details

NEW YORK (June 20, 2013)--Scientists have a new digital, three-dimensional model called "BigBrain” to help them study the brain.

The model’s resolution is finer than a human hair, so it can reveal clusters of brain cells and even some large individual cells.

It’s available to scientists around the world.

To make the atlas, researchers sliced a cadaver brain from a 65-year-old woman into 7,400 thin sections, stained them to reveal tiny features, and scanned each one.

Then they used computers to combine the scanning data into a 3-D digital model.

The researchers, from Germany and Canada, reported their work Thursday in the journal Science.

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