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Assembling the brain from deep within

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Science  27 Oct 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6362, pp. 456-457
DOI: 10.1126/science.aap9533

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As anyone who has ever shopped at IKEA knows, assembling flat-packed furniture can be a daunting task. You start with a box and a collection of independent components that remotely resemble that lovely cabinet you hope to build. Every part has to be positioned into the proper slots in the correct order so that those independent components can work together for a specific purpose.