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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Where Science Meets Society


The Mind that Knows Itself
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Noëlle James
Alison Bell Laboratory
Funded by the NSF, NIH, Simons Foundation, and the University of Illinois

This image is a top view of an extremely thin slice of a stickleback fish brain, taken from an experiment studying the best ways to preserve brain tissue for later investigations of brain anatomy and gene activity. The brains of stickleback fish are similar in many ways to those of humans, and their rich evolutionary history and repertoire of social behaviors make them an important model for unlocking the secrets of how genes and the brain control behavior.