Rat Brain Analysis on the NetBeans Platform
By Geertjan on Oct 22, 2009
OK. No one ever said that. Nevertheless, since it's Friday, the YANPA of the day needs to be slightly off the wall, so here it is...
Yes. That, my friends, is what a rat brain analyzer (apparently) looks like. It is built on the NetBeans Platform (from several releases ago).
"The Virtual RatBrain Project formed in 2004 in order to build a repository of peer reviewed 3-D cellular anatomical data of the rat brain, collected at multiple levels and from multiple brain regions, including point-to-point coordinate connections, cell populations of different neurochemical phenotype and dendritic and axonal arborizational patterns." Read all about it here, on the slightly squeamishly named http://www.virtualratbrain.org/.
A number of different people have been involved in this project, from institutions like the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience and the Institute of Adaptive and Neural Computation. So... that's yet another bioinformatics application on the NetBeans Platform!