28/03/2008 07:44 GMT | Updated 25/05/2011 18:05 BST

Supercomputer Mimics Mouse's Brain

US researchers have simulated half a virtual mouse brain on a supercomputer.

The scientists ran a "cortical simulator" that was as big and as complex as half of a mouse brain on the BlueGene L supercomputer.

In other smaller simulations the researchers say they have seen characteristics of thought patterns observed in real mouse brains.