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Volume 2013, Article ID 128236, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/128236
Research Article

Altered White Matter Integrity in the Congenital and Late Blind People

1Department of Radiology, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin 300052, China
2Brainnetome Center, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
3National Laboratory of Pattern Recognition, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China

Received 5 March 2013; Accepted 1 April 2013

Academic Editor: Hao Lei

Copyright © 2013 Dawei Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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