Obama’s $100 million effort to map the human brain suspended by government shutdown

The US government’s shutdown has put about 800,000 people out of work, and caused stoppages at NASA, the Department of Health and Human services, the CIA and NSA, and nearly every other federal agency. Now the start of the Obama Administration’s Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative, which was set to officially begin early next year, is in jeopardy too. The BRAIN project is already an ambitious one running on a tight schedule — $ 100 million is to be set spent in 2014 to start the daunting task of trying to map the human brain. But now, due to the government’s failure to pass a federal budget, BRAIN has been indefinitely placed on hold, putting the effort’s start and its progress as a d…

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