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A 20000 Piece Puzzle, but no Model

Mapping the human brain requires perseverance and patience. Learn what it takes from the dead mouse brain to a 3D map of the human brain.

Understanding the causes of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s demands a view into the brain’s infrastructure: How does information flow on our synaptic highways? This entirely unknown endeavor into the brain, known as Connectomics, is the life’s dedication of a few brain researchers worldwide.

Their journey starts with a cubic millimeter of dead mouse tissue, demanding years of patience and relentless efforts. A unique global partnership of research and industry propelled these efforts, overcoming technical obstacles.

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