Scientists have created the world's first high-definition 3D model of a complete human brain dubbed BigBrain.
BigBrain shows the anatomy of a brain in microscopic detail for the first time ever - at a spatial resolution of 20 microns. This is smaller than the size of one fine strand of hair and 250,000 times more detailed than current MRI brain scans.
Researchers from Germany and Canada took 7,400 individual slices from the brain of a deceased 65-year-old woman and plotted 80 billion neurons during the 10-year project.
• The BigBrain is 250,000 times more detailed than a regular brain scan.
• 7,400 individual slices from the brain of a deceased 65-year-old woman were used to create BigBrain.
• 80 billion neurons were captured in the project.
• Scientists from Canada and Germany spent 1,000 years collecting the data.
• The total brain reconstruction has taken 10 years to complete.
• Each individual slice is half the width of a human hair.
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