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Neurons recorded en masse

A silicon probe that is inserted into the mouse brain can precisely measure the activity of about 200 individual neurons simultaneously. This tool should improve our ability to study functional neuronal circuitry. See Letter p.232

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Figure 1: Probing brain activity with Neuropixels.


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Callaway, E., Garg, A. Neurons recorded en masse. Nature 551, 172–173 (2017).

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