Brain surgery is clearly an extremely difficult and precise procedure.  In advance of surgery for patients with intractable epilepsy doctors have to decide where to plant the electrodes so that they can precisely identify the part of the brain where the seizures originate.  The information gathered from these probes can then be used to remove or destroy the area in the brain causing the seizures without damaging healthy tissue. A new technique ( a software-based automation) developed by Nitin Tandon, and his team at the University of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston aims to simplify and speed up this vital process thus saving doctors a significant amount of time.  The findings will now need to be replicated with larger sample groups and compared to previous surgeries