This Digital Sliver of Rat Brain Took Researchers 20 Years to Reconstruct

A virtual sliver of a rat’s brain. Image: Henry Markram This hypnotic mass of wiring isn’t interactive art. It’s a digitally reconstructed sliver of a rat’s brain, and it’s taken researchers 20 years to craft. In a study published Thursday in the journal Cell, researchers from the Blue Brain Project present a first draft of their digitally reconstructed slice of a young rat neocortical microcircuit—using over 30 software tools. It contains a whopping 31,000 neurons, 55 layers of cells, and 207 different neuron subtypes, and is a visual culmination of the group’s efforts over the years. The aim of the Blue Brain Project, which started in 2005, is to build detailed digital reconstructions and simulations of a rat’s brain (and eventually a human’s brain). In the process, the researchers want…


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