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The Human Brain Online: An Open Resource for Advancing Brain Research


With an estimated 86 billion neurons [1] and about a trillion synapses per cubic centimeter of cortex [2], the human brain is arguably the most complex system in the human body, and it is the seat of diseases and disorders that affect an estimated one billion people worldwide [3]. Yet the human brain remains poorly understood. Model systems are essential to progress in neuroscience, but a true understanding of the human brain and the diseases and disorders that affect it ultimately requires analyses of the human brain itself. Human brain tissue is a rare commodity and therefore inadequately explor...