An international team of researchers has achieved a significant milestone by creating a comprehensive cell atlas of an entire mammalian brain, specifically that of a mouse, as announced by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). This atlas serves as a detailed map, providing information on the type, location, and molecular characteristics of over 32 million cells, along with insights into their connectivity. The mouse brain is a widely utilized model in neuroscience research, and this cellular map is expected to enhance understanding of the human brain. The NIH notes that the atlas sets the groundwork for advancing precision therapeutics for individuals with mental and neurological disorders. The findings were published in a collection of 10 papers in the journal Nature. According to Joshua Gordon, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, the mouse atlas offers unprecedented insights into the intricate network of mammalian brain cells, providing researchers with crucial details to comprehend human brain function and diseases.
Source – CGTN