SEATTLE - The Allen Institute for Brain Science has released the highest resolution atlas of the human brain to date.
“This is essentially a virtual microscope,” said Lein, adding it allows users to zoom in all the way down to cellular resolution.
The map took four years to complete. The brain was sectioned and then sliced to the size smaller than a human hair, said Lein. The sections were stained. The images were blown up to the size of a poster. An anatomist outlined the parts of the brain by hand, which a graphic designer then labeled and compiled into the new atlas.
"This is the most structurally complete atlas to date, and we hope it will serve as a new reference standard for the human brain across different disciplines," he said.
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