Saturday, July 15, 2017
The $3.75 billion Human Genome Project was completed under schedule and under budget — and is now roundly considered one of the most successful research tasks ever undertaken in the history of humanity. The heir apparent to HGP is the Brain Activity Mapping project (affectionately called BAM!), which has as its objective the full mapping of neuron-level activity of a living human brain in real time. BAM’s success would give scientists a virtually unlimited data set with which to learn how awareness, cognition, and even consciousness arise from the brain’s cellular and molecular substrates.