The Wall Street Journal reports that the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle has completed a $55 million computerized atlas of the human brain that will be available to the public for research.
Also check out Jonah Lehrer's take on the new interactive map at The Frontal Cortex blog (but click with caution: his post includes a not-for-the-squeamish photo of brain slicing that resembles a deli counter more than a laboratory). He has an interview with the Allen Institute's CEO, Allan Jones.
I love this question/comment from Lehrer:
Frankly, I was astonished that 82 percent of all human genes are expressed somewhere in the brain. This seems to me like yet another reminder that the brain is one awesomely complicated piece of meat.