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What was once an enigma is rapidly becoming charted territory. Thanks to classical histology, scientists have identified about 1,000 distinct structures in the mammalian brain — several hundred of which have been shown to have identifiable function. Many are a combination of small nuclei with variable cell types, particularly in the evolutionarily older regions of the brain such as the thalamus or medulla.

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