Human Genome project meets the Human Brain

A lot of you main know of the Human Genome Project, which attempted to map out every single gene in the human genome and find its function and importance.

Recently, the Obama administration drafted a plan for a 10-year science initiative that would study the billions of neurons in the brain, similarly finding the function and importance of each.

Over the next decade, the project is estimated to cost upwards of $3 billion dollars, involving the both federal and private agencies/foundations such as Google, Microsoft, and Qualcomm.

Research such as this will not only further our fight against diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, but also further our discovery of a wide range of mental illnesses.

This announcement was rumored in the New York Times, and raises some interesting questions.

What will uncover about the most mysterious part of our bodies?  And what types of radical research and discovery will evolve from an initiative of this size?  One can only imagine.

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