A blueprint for how to build a human brain

From a recent press release of the Allen Institute for Brain Science announcing the first major report on the  BrainSpan Atlas of the Developing Human Brain.

“Knowing where a gene is expressed in the brain can provide powerful clues about what its role is,” says Ed Lein, Investigator at the Allen Institute for Brain Science.  “This atlas gives a comprehensive view of which genes are on and off in which specific nuclei and cell types while the brain is developing during pregnancy. This means that we have a blueprint for human development: an understanding of the crucial pieces necessary for the brain to form in a normal, healthy way, and a powerful way to investigate what goes wrong in disease.”

Audio from NPR: Map of the developing brain

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