President Barack Obama is asking Congress to spend $100 million next year to start a new project to map the human brain in hopes of eventually finding cures for diseases like Alzheimer's.
Obama says the so-called BRAIN Initiative could create jobs and unlock the mysteries of the brain. That could eventually lead to cures to ailments including Parkinson's and autism and help reverse the effect of a stroke or other traumatic injuries.
Obama says the research has the potential to improve the lives of billions of people worldwide.
"In the budget I will send to Congress next week I will propose a significant
investment by the National Institutes of Health, DARPA and the National Science
Foundation to help get this project off the ground. I'm directing my bioethics
commission to make sure that all the research is being done in a responsible
way and we are also partnering with the private sector including leading
companies and foundations including research institutions to tap the nation's
brightest minds to help us reach our goal," President Barack Obama said.
He announced the project Tuesday from the White House's East Room.
The project will require the development of new technology that can record the electrical activity of individual cells and complex neural circuits in the brain.
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