Mapping Brain Differences
This image of the human brain uses colors and shapes to show neurological differences between two people. The blurred front portion of the brain, associated with complex thought, varies most between the individuals. The blue ovals mark areas of basic function that vary relatively little. Visualizations like this one are part of a project to map complex and dynamic information about the human brain, including genes, enzymes, disease states, and anatomy. The brain maps represent collaborations between neuroscientists and experts in math, statistics, computer science, bioinformatics, imaging, and nanotechnology. Courtesy of Arthur Toga, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and head of the Center for Computational Biology, which is supported by the bioinformatics and computational biology component of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research. Featured in the October 18, 2005, issue of Biomedical Beat.
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