This is the largest brain map – published by Google


Resolution and details duplicate.

Scientists from Google and Janelia Research Campus located in Virginia have published the largest, to date map showing brain connections. All in high resolution. The aim of the study became fruit fly, and in the work of scientists you can see about 20 million synapses connecting approximately 25,000 neurons. Google's brain model is a small breakthrough in the detailed imaging techniques used to map physical connections in the brain.

The image you can see represents about a third of the surface of the fruit fly's brain. Until now, scientists around the world have only been able to repeat a similar feat once. So what can this type of map created by Google do?

Among other things, to better link the physical parts of the brain to specific behaviors – this is the main goal of neuroscience. However, there are scientists in the room who criticize similar solutions and believe that the very idea of ​​mapping has not led to any breakthrough and is only a tedious, unprofitable work, and a burden for many research teams.

Mark Humphries, a neurologist at the University of Notthingam, says the Google map is real a technological miracle. It is also a resource that other scientists will be able to use. However, this is not a thing that will immediately give us the answer to all burning scientific questions.

The fruit fly's brain contains about 100,000 neurons. For comparison, the human brain is equipped with approximately 86 billion similar connections. It all shows how far we are from creating a full picture of the human brain that could allow scientists to learn better not only how to treat, but also how the most important organ in our body works.

Google has promised to provide more information on its work in the coming weeks and to share it with anyone interested.

I must admit that the whole project is impressive. Its creation took scientists two years.

Source: TheVerge