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Blue Brain finds the secret to how neurons in the mouse neocortex form billions of synaptic connections

Researchers at EPFL’s Blue Brain Project, a Swiss brain research Initiative have combined two high profile, large-scale datasets to produce something completely new – a first draft model of the rules guiding neuron-to-neuron connectivity of a whole mouse neocortex.  Based on these rules, they were able to generate statistical instances of the micro-connectome of 10 million neurons, a model spanning five orders of magnitude and containing 88 billion synaptic connections that will serve as the basis of the world’s largest-scale simulations of detailed neural circuits.