Public Release: 15-Sep-2015 New mouse brain map may illuminate origins of mental illnesses

IMAGE: A connectivity matrix maps each region of the mouse brain and its probable connectivity to other brain structures. The researchers are currently building an online portal for scientists around the… view more Credit: Duke Medicine DURHAM, N.C. – Scientists at Duke University have released a highly detailed model of connections in the mouse brain that could provide generations of neuroscientists new insights into brain circuits and origins of mental illness, such as depression and schizophrenia. The findings are published in the journal Cerebral Cortex. Scientists conduct millions of experiments every year with mice, which have been genetically modified to mimic human disease. Having a far more precise model of the mouse brain will enhance knowledge about the connection between genetics and corresponding human disease, according to G. Allan Johnson, director…


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