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  Thousands of brains scanned for 3D map
Updated 07 December 2001, 13.51
Human brain
Scientists are creating the world's most sophisticated map of the human brain.

7,000 people from nine countries are having their brains scanned for the 3D 'atlas' which is costing 10.6m.

When it's finished it'll show how the brain works as well as what it looks like.

Different people, different brains

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Until now, the brain map which has been used as a model for the billions of brains on the planet has been based on that of a 60-year-old French woman.

But this project will use a huge cross-section of people so scientists can learn more about why people's brains work differently.

Arthur Toga, from the University of California, says: "All brains are as different as our faces."

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