Sidebar:The Brain: Byte By Byte

Given that computers were first invented with the intention of duplicating certain functions of the brain--notably memory and calculation--researchers say it is perhaps appropriate that today, science has evolved to the point at which the machines are being used to study that organ, employing the selfsame properties they emulate.

"Except for [a computer's] great memory and speed, the brain is much more powerful," says Stephen Koslow, director of the Division of Neuroscience and Behavioral Science at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md. "A computer is a more rigid system, but it is sort of interesting how things have come to a full circle."

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