Glut of data from mice brains tests MIT’s computing power

Comments Print Dominick Reuter/File MIT neuroscientist Edward S. Boyden. By Murray Carpenter Globe Correspondent  January 31, 2016 Even one of the great young scientists of our time can be brought low by computer problems. Edward S. Boyden is an MIT neuroscientist who has won acclaim for his work into using light to control neurons, a technique known as optogenetics that is helping researchers expand the study of the brain. But the brain, it turns out, may be the ultimate Big Data generator. In his efforts to study the brain’s electrical circuitry in granular detail, Boyden designed tiny probes that, when poked into the brain of a lab mouse, can record electronic transmissions from individual neurons. Yet even at their modest size, those probes were sucking in way more data than…


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