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The Obama administration is planning a momentous 10 year effort to study the human brain, hopefully enabling scientists to map the brain in much the same way that they mapped the human genome. The brain study will be a partnership between government agencies, private foundations, and various neuroscientists, in an effort to discover exactly how neurons impact perception and consciousness. In addition, scientists are hoping that the initiative will help them gain insight into brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The bold government initiative could cost billions of dollars, but it is not clear at this point how much of the project will be funded with private dollars. In his State of the Union address, President Obama cited brain research as an example of how the government should invest in the future. “Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy — every dollar,” he said. “Today our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer’s. They’re developing drugs to regenerate damaged organs, devising new materials to make batteries 10 times more powerful. Now is not the time to gut these job-creating investments in science and innovation.” Many scientists are applauding President Obama’s brain mapping initiative, even if the project does turn out to be costly. “If you look at the total spending in neuroscience and nanoscience that might be relative to this today, we are already spending more than that. We probably won’t spend less money, but we will probably get a lot more bang for the buck” said Harvard biologist George M. Church.

The Obama Administration is Planning a 10 Year Study of the Human Brain

The Obama administration is planning a momentous 10 year effort to study the human brain, hopefully enabling scientists to map the brain in human_brainmuch the same way that they mapped the human genome.

The brain study will be a partnership between government agencies, private foundations, and various neuroscientists, in an effort to discover exactly how neurons impact perception and consciousness.

In addition, scientists are hoping that the initiative will help them gain insight into brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

The bold government initiative could cost billions of dollars, but it is not clear at this point how much of the project will be funded with private dollars.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama cited brain research as an example of how the government should invest in the future.

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