Allen Institute completes map of human brain

Wired.com reports that the Paul Allen Institute for Brain Science has completed a multi-year project to map the human brain – and make that map (actually a kind of virtual atlas) publicly available.

When asked why the Allen Institute undertook such an endeavor, CEO Allan Jones told Wired:

The Allen Institute operates on a different model than most research institutes, with a focus on creating catalytic resources for those other researchers around the world.  Our mouse brain atlas, which was completed in 2006, has really proved to be an extraordinary resource for scientists and is used by approximately 10,000 unique users from around the globe every month. It represents for researchers a reference for new discovery, hypothesis generation and confirmation of their own data, and often saves them from having to do an experiment themselves in the lab, which it turn saves time and money.

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