To see if the application would actually work, the researchers chose to visualize parts of a mouse’s neocortex--the area of the brain that receives sensory information from mouse whiskers, which are even more sensitive than human fingertips. They first took EM images of the structure, combined them, then, using VAST, they assigned different colors to piece apart the individual structures and cell types, allowing them to see each type individually and how they come together to create the brain structures. In the video below, they use color coordination to reconstruct the structures that surround two dendrites--the tree-like branches of a neuron that receive sensory information from other neurons. The objects are initially shown as they would appear in the brain. Then, they are sorted by category--axonal, dendritic, or glial--then further by functional type--excitatory or inhibitory for axons and dendrites and when applicable, by type of glial cell.