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The White House has announced a 10-year study on the inner workings of the human brain, akin to the Human Genome Project’s research into genetics.
The research, called the Brain Activity Map project, will encompass studies of federal agencies, foundations and an unspecified number of neuroscientists and nanoscientists, the Boston Globe reports.
To study the billions of neurons in humans’ brains and learn what exactly leads to certain perceptions, actions and even levels of consciousness, the report continues.
One favorable result could bring a cure for brain-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, according to the report. Another hoped-for result: the advancement of artificial intelligence, the Boston Globe reports.
The study is expected to cost billions of dollars, the Boston Globe says. Few details are known, including how much of the cost would come from taxpayers, according to the report.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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