Obama unveils White House brain-mapping project

The White House unveiled a human brain research program Tuesday that could point to new strategies for dealing with illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and autism, NBC News reports. President Barack Obama was due to launch the BRAIN Initiative, which a White House official called a “bold, new” move “designed to recognize our understanding of the human brain. It follows a pledge Obama made in his State of the Union address, when he spoke of creating jobs through research and development. The project will be jump-started with a $100 million investment in 2014, the White House said, although the scientists who inspired the idea say the focus is not so much raising money as harnessing new technologies to uncover the secrets of neural function less expensively and more completely…

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