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B. The First Computerized Atlas of the Human Brain

Narrator: This is Science Today. The first comprehensive, computerized atlas of the structure and function of the normal adult human brain will soon be launched by UCLA. Called the Brain Atlas project, it's in many respects, the neuroscience equivalent of the human genome project. Dr. Arthur Toga, a professor of neurology at UCLA, is one of the co-leaders of this huge database.

Toga: This project is an attempt to incorporate information that we already have about the brain and information that we will get in a way that allows us to describe the human brain's structure and ultimately, the human brain's function.

Narrator: The online atlas will allow researchers to access detailed, all color, three-dimensional structured maps of individual brains, based on a variety of characteristics.

Toga: One could even do experiments via computer - you could say, what are the differences in right handed middle aged women versus left handed aged men. And it will go and collect those subjects that match those demographics and then compute the result and tell you what differences there might be.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.