Scientists Recreate Rat Brain Fragment in a Computer

Scientists have used a supercomputer to digitally recreate a sandgrain-sized chunk of rat brain. The Blue Brain Project is a controversial European neuroscience project that aims to eventually simulate the human gray matter in a supercomputer. The study that involves 82 researchers from around the world has published its first major result, a digital imitation of the circuitry of a fragment of rat gray matter. The result was reported on Thursday, Oct. 8, in the scientific journal Cell. According to The New York Times, the study was partly supported by the Human Brain Project, a $1 billion, 10-year European research program. In 2014, hundreds of neuroscientists signed an open letter criticizing both the projects, and the feasibility of the reconstruction goal. Scientists Recreate Rat Brain Fragment in a Computer Dr.…


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