View Full Version : Sequel to the Human Connectome Project!


Amtram
02-22-13, 09:17 PM
Scientists are hoping that the federal government will approve the funding for research into mapping the human brain (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/18/science/project-seeks-to-build-map-of-human-brain.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0&pagewanted=print).

In June in the journal Neuron, six leading scientists proposed (http://www.cell.com/neuron/abstract/S0896-6273%2812%2900518-1) pursuing a number of new approaches for mapping the brain.


One possibility is to build a complete model map of brain activity by creating fleets of molecule-size machines to noninvasively act as sensors to measure and store brain activity at the cellular level. The proposal envisions using synthetic DNA as a storage mechanism for brain activity.
“Not least, we might expect novel understanding and therapies for diseases such as schizophrenia and autism,” wrote the scientists, who include Dr. Church; Ralph J. Greenspan, the associate director of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind at the University of California, San Diego; A. Paul Alivisatos, the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Miyoung Chun, a molecular geneticist who is the vice president for science programs at the Kavli Foundation; Michael L. Roukes, a physicist at the California Institute of Technology; and Rafael Yuste, a neuroscientist at Columbia University.

This would probably take even longer than the Human Genome Project, but the potential it represents is amazing.