IMAGES: On the Brain

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Science  22 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5500, pp. 2207
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5500.2207a

Studying neuroscience often means hours of peering at grainy, gray brain slices. Bringing some relief to sore eyes is this 3D reconstruction of a human brain, showing structures such as the caudate (orange) and thalamus (purple). It was created by the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging ((LONI)) at the University of California, Los Angeles, whose Web site offers a host of resources for teaching and research. For professors seeking visuals, there are dozens of sample images ranging from the brain of an Alzheimer's patient to a computer rendering of retinal cones, “all made from original data,” says LONI director Arthur W. Toga. Another nice teaching feature, a monkey brain atlas, includes movies of rotating brain structures. For specialists, the site offers the LONI Resource, which has software for using a database of MRI scans from more than 7000 subjects, and the new Mouse Brain Atlas—a tool for mapping the expression of genes that shape the brain.

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