OK, there’s not really a buy button in the brain waiting to be discovered. But the U.S. government is, in fact, launching a major project to create a detailed map of the human brain. Much like the earlier and highly successful Human Genome Project, the Brain Activity Map will be a national project to determine brain functions with a high level of detail.
Using automated technology to derive neural maps from brain tissue, Harvard researchers are in the early stages of an effort to map the human brain. Eventually, the researchers hope to map every synapse in the human brain and produce a “connectome.”