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How Close Are We to a Complete Map of the Human Brain?

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If we could fully map the inner workings of our brain, we could understand disease, consciousness, and what it is that makes us human. Only catch? There are more connections in the human brain than there are stars in the Milky Way. So, how close are we to fully mapping the brain?

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Why are scientists trying to map every single neuron in the brain?

"If that sounds like a tall order, it's because it is. The hope is that doing this will lead to a far greater understanding about how brains work and especially how mental disorders come about and could be better treated."

The Human Connectome Project
"The Human Connectome Project aims to provide an unparalleled compilation of neural data, an interface to graphically navigate this data and the opportunity to achieve never before realized conclusions about the living human brain."

The Supercomputer That Could Map the Human Brain
"In an effort to understand, on the finest level, what makes us human, hes set out to create a complete map of the human brain : to chart where every neuron connects to every other neuron. The problem is, the brain has more connections than the Milky Way has stars."


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