The original Human Genome Project was completed, for the most part, in 2003. Now, with the support of the Obama Administration, scientists are planning a decade long effort to conduct a similar investigation into the brain. The goal is to create a comprehensive map of the brain’s activity to learn more about how it works. Federal agencies and private foundations will work together with teams of nanoscientists and neuroscientists to study the brain’s neurons and learn more about perceptions, actions, and consciousness.
Some experts believe that this project will also pave the way to learning more about diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and help to discover new therapies for treating mental illnesses. The project will also have an impact in furthering the development of artificial intelligence.
President Obama is expected to announce the project as part of his budget proposal next month. Although the project will ultimately cost billions of dollars, Obama responded “Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy — every dollar. 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.”
What do you guys think of this new project to learn more about the brain? Will the benefits outweight the costs? Let me know in the comments down below, and please like the post and share with your friends.