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Monday, February 18, 2013

President Proposing Ten-Year Brain Study Project

An image of the human brain from Gray's Anatomy. (Wikimedia Commons)

An image of the human brain from Gray’s Anatomy. (Wikimedia Commons)

The Obama administration is planning a large, long term effort to understand and map the human brain, according to a story by John Markoff in The New York Times.

The brain study is modeled after the Human Genome Project, funded under Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, which provided the map of the human genome that is now the basis of new scientific efforts to cure diseases like cancer.

The brain study is projected to take 10 years and put the U.S. in the lead on understanding diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as mental illness.

There is no projected budget at the moment, but Markoff writes that the White House may unveil the study as soon as next month.

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