TR10: Connectomics

March/April 2008. By Emily Singer

Harvard neuroscientist Jeff Lichtman is a pioneer in the fledgling field of connectomics--an attempt to create complete wiring diagrams of different parts of the brain. Scientists say that these diagrams, which chart how each neuron is connected to other brain cells, will shed light on how the brain develops and functions. Connectomics could also boost understanding of diseases that have been linked to faulty wiring, such as autism and schizophrenia.

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