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Synthetic Neurobiology


Andy Ryan

Andy Ryan

Your brain mediates everything that you sense, feel, think, and do. The brain is incredibly complex—each cubic millimeter of your brain contains perhaps a hundred thousand cells, connected by a billion synapses, each operating with millisecond precision. The MIT Synthetic Neurobiology group, led by Ed Boyden, develops tools that enable the mapping of the molecules and wiring of the brain, the recording and control of its neural dynamics, and the repair of its dysfunction. They distribute their tools as freely as possible to the scientific community, and also apply them to the systematic analysis of brain computations, aiming to reveal the fundamental mechanisms of brain function, and yielding new, ground-truth therapeutic strategies for neurological and psychiatric disorders.

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