Next 'Moon Shot': U.S. Scientists Target Human Brain for Exploration

September 30, 2014 7:26 PM

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Next 'Moon Shot': U.S. Scientists Target Human Brain for Exploration

Imagine using light to record someone's thoughts, or using radio waves to stop an epileptic spasm before it starts. Federal scientists announced the first steps for such projects in what they called the next “moon shot” on Tuesday — a new program to explore the human brain that begins with a $46 million down payment.

Think new research that would let doctors use lasers to affect individual brain cells, to find new ways to actually record brain activity or to create a kind of cap that would make live PET scan images of the brain while people live their day-to-day lives.

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