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