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This is what a single neuron looks like as it dies

DATE IMPORTED:May 09, 2011Ying Shi works on the 3D modelling of a neuron, in a lab of the Blue Brain Project at the Brain Mind Institute of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Ecublens, near Lausanne May 9, 2011. If selected from amongst six other candidates by the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagship Program launched by the European Commission, the Blue Brain Project will upgrade to become the Human Brain Project and will receive funding up to 100 million euros a year for 10 years. The final decision will take place in April 2012. The goal of the Blue Brain Project is to reconstruct the brain piece by piece and build a virtual brain in a supercomputer.

This is the first study that applied this kind strain to brain cells and followed them over time. Image: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Kevin Stacey
Senior Writer for the Physical Sciences, Brown University
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