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The atlas of the human brain

A new set of resources to explore the mysteries of the brain

September 20, 2012

Scientists at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, in Seattle, have developed a comprehensive atlas of the Human Brain, which is now available online for researchers to explore. The news came from The Guardian following a recent article published on the science journal Nature.

(image: Human Brain Map | Allen Institute for Brain Science)

According to The Guardian, the atlas “will serve as a baseline against which they and others can compare the genetic activity of diseased brains, and so shed light on factors that underlie neurological and psychiatric conditions.” You can explore the data dynamically online, although we recommend you visit the tutorials page first, just to get familiar with all the options.

(image: Human Brain Map | Allen Institute for Brain Science)

For the 3D viewing, you’re required to download and install the Brain Explorer® 2 desktop app – but it’s definitely worth it, if you’re in the field:

(image: Brain Explorer | Allen Institute for Brain Science)

Besides the Human Brain Atlas, the Allen Brain Atlas has other visualization resources available, making it “a growing collection of online public resources integrating extensive gene expression and neuroanatomical data, complete with a novel suite of search and viewing tools.”

Links: Allen Institute for Brain Science – Allen Brain Atlas | The Guardian – Scientists create atlas of human brain | Nature – An anatomically comprehensive atlas of the adult human brain transcriptome

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.