A lab founded by a tech billionaire just unveiled a major leap forward in cracking your brain’s code

This is definitely not a scene from “A Clockwork Orange.” Allen Brain Observatory As the mice watched a computer screen, their glowing neurons pulsed through glass windows in their skulls. Using a device called a two-photon microscope, researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science could peer through those windows and record, layer by layer, the workings of their little minds. The result, announced July 13, is a real-time record of the visual cortex — a brain region shared in similar form across mammalian species — at work. The data set that emerged is so massive and complete that its creators have named it the Allen Brain Observatory. Bred for the lab, the mice were genetically modified so that specific cells in their brains would fluoresce when they became active.…


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