By the end of the three-year project to map the mouse brain about one petabyte of data will have been generated, pushing scientists up against a range of technological limitations, according to the senior director of the Allen Brain Atlas Project Mark Boguski at the recent Bio-IT World Conference.
The staff of 26 scientists and IT specialists went into the work knowing that it would require augmenting existing hardware and software as well as in-house development. This may result in a technology infrastructure that will be useful to other scientists when made publicly available. The goal of the project is to create a 3D molecular map of the mouse brain; its constructed through painstakingly imaging slices of the brain.
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