The Obama Administration has announced plans to map the human brain in a decade long research project. The project is in the works to be unveiled by March and hopes to do for the brain exactly what the “Human Genome Project” did for “genetics” as reported by the The New York Times. The Human Genome Project identified all the genes in the human DNA that helped understand disease and their treatment, human evolution and many other areas.
The project which could cost billions of dollars will be announced with the annual budget proposal. Although the actual cost of the project as well as the amount it will get from federal funding is unknown, but it seems that the Obama Administration is highly invested in the project. “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” President Obama said during his State of the Union address.
The project could do very well for the economy, as was the Human Genome Project, which cost $3.8 billion to complete, and as per federal research has returned almost $800 billion by 2010. The project could possibly transform the brain research industry and create jobs in the research sector.