The Allen Institute for Brain Science has released the initial results of part of their effort to map the human brain. This initial release includes a database of identified neuronal cells which is being made freely available to the public, researchers and clinicians around the world. The identified cells are being classified by shape, size, activity and other measures.
The release of this data continues the significant philanthropic contributions from the Allen family. Often their contributions have been financial however this online database will give life science researchers a tool that will one day be key to the understanding of how our brains work.
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