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To build the BigBrain, researchers first had to slice the post-mortem brain of a 65-year-old woman into thousands of 20 micrometer-thick sections—not quite as thin as Saran Wrap, but close.

Above: To build the BigBrain, researchers first had to slice the post-mortem brain of a 65-year-old woman into thousands of 20 micrometer-thick sections—not quite as thin as Saran Wrap, but close.

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