Emory Neuroscientist Launches An 'Ark' For Animals' Brains

Neuroscientist Gregory Berns has a closet full of brains in his lab at Emory University. He is also a faculty member in the NS program.

There are brains from a few species of dolphins. There are coyote brains and a Tasmanian devil brain, which Berns said is sort of the jewel of the collection -- it's the only one in North America, as far as he knows.

He’s collecting these brains -- and looking to borrow more -- for a project he’s launching called Brain Ark, in which he scans the animals’ brains in an MRI and shares the information online. 

“There’s a tremendous amount of information about human brains and how they function. There’s a lot of information on primates, like monkeys,” he said. “And then at the other end of the spectrum we know a lot about rat and mice brains because those are the typical laboratory animals that we use in research.”

But that leaves a lot of other animals out there. 

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