Human Connectome Project continues to map the brain

We’ll be keeping tabs on the human connectome project as well as the remarkable DARPA SyNAPSE and BLUE BRAIN.     Connectome is working to map the human brain, and they already have a very interesting gallery and information online:

http://www.humanconnectomeproject.org/gallery/

An early goal of the Human Connectome project is to discover how a relatively small number of genes can define such complex structure.    One explanation offered by researchers there is to compare the brain to a big city where a huge “two dimensional” flat network of streets interacts with three dimensional buildings.    As in the brain a relatively simple and somewhat repetitive structure can branch into enormous complexity and possibilities.