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Algorithms battle to map the brain

In the brain, as in business, success has a lot to do with making the right connections. In fact, it’s not a stretch to say that our subjective perceptions of ourselves, of one another and of the world around us all come down to how our neurons are connected. Yet the awesome complexity of these connections remains an imposing barrier to scientists who are trying to get at how the mind works by mapping the brain’s circuitry. Now, the Digital Reconstruction of Axonal and Dendritic Morphology (Diadem) Challenge, which kicked off 29 August at the Janelia Farm Research Campus in Virginia, aims to simplify things. 

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