Sci­en­tists Cre­ate ‘Most De­tailed’ Map of Brain’s Mem­ory Bank

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In a bid to bet­ter un­der­stand the brain re­gion linked to Alzheimer’s dis­ease, sci­en­tists in the US have cre­ated what they be­lieve to be the most de­tailed at­las yet of the brain’s mem­ory bank -- the hip­pocam­pus. Cre­ated us­ing flu­o­res­cent trac­ers and 3D an­i­ma­tion, the map shows struc­tures, nerve con­nec­tions and func­tions of the hip­pocam­pus in vivid de­tail, ac­cord­ing to the study pub­lished in the jour­nal Na­ture Neu­ro­science.

“Like a new at­las, we’ve con­structed the most de­tailed di­a­gram of the hip­pocam­pus to date,” said lead au­thor of the study Michael Bienkowski from the Keck School of Medicine of the Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. It is the first part of the brain im­paired by Alzheimer’s and hip­pocam­pus de­gen­er­a­tion can cause epilepsy and other dis­eases.

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