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Huge database shows virtual neurons at work

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A computerized model provides a detailed biophysical representation of a neuron’s firing pattern. (Allen Institute for Brain Science via YouTube)

Seattle’s Allen Institute for Brain Science has created a publicly available database of computerized neuron models that could be used as building blocks to study how brains work in the real world.

The two sets of computer models are described in studies published by Nature Communications, and are available on the Web via celltypes.brain-map.org. The supporting code for the computer models can be accessed via the Allen Institute’s GitHub space.

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