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  • October 23, 2009

Rat Brain Analysis on the NetBeans Platform

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
A famous man once said: "If your framework can't let you analyze rat brains, then it isn't really a framework."

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/.

Software architecture:

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!

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Comments ( 2 )
  • Virtual Hermelientje Saturday, October 24, 2009

    Wow! Mooi om op die website de plakjes rattenhersentjes te zien.

  • Kevin Farnham Sunday, October 25, 2009

    This is so much in the Halloween spirit that I had to feature it on the java.net front page for Monday!

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