Groundbreaking BRAIN Initiative Reveals 3,300 Types of Brain Cells, Offering New Leads for Disease Research and Therapies

October 12, 2023

Scientists have produced an extensive catalog detailing the types of cells in the human brain and their genetic usage. The BRAIN Initiative Cell Census Network (BICCN) conducted the five-year, $250 million research project, predominantly funded by the National Institutes of Health. It has generated new insights into genetic predispositions to diseases and the development of the human brain. Scientists discovered over 3,300 brain cell types, mapping potential therapies for disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. Scientists say the project, which offers an unprecedented view of gene activation within the brain, marks a significant step toward developing targeted treatments for various brain diseases.

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[Source: Endpoints, October 12th, 2023]

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