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The Brain's Hidden Stripes

  • Published26 Jul 2013
  • Reviewed26 Jul 2013
  • Author Michael W. Richardson
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

Sillitoe, et al. The Journal of Neuroscience, 2008.

Sillitoe, et al. The Journal of Neuroscience 2008.

Complex patterns are everywhere in nature, from the deceiving stripes of a zebra herd to the menacing spots of certain butterflies. These patterns are also present in the brain, though many are invisible to the naked eye. This image illuminates where two genes are turned on in an area of the brain called the cerebellum, revealing a striped pattern.

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