AS Seed’s Featured Blogger of the week, I have written a short article about the Human Connectome Project, in response to a news story on the magazine’s website, called Mapping the brain’s highways, by Azeen Ghorayshi.
Several weeks ago, the National Institutes of Health announced the Human Connectome Project, an ambitious $30 million five-year initiative, which aims to map the connectivity of the human brain.
Is this feasible? In short, the answer is no. The idea that a complete connectivity map of the whole brain can be achieved within five years is unrealistic, and producing a microscale map at the level of single neurons and synapses within that time frame is impossible.
To find out why I think a whole brain connectivity map won’t be achieved within five years, continue reading at the Seed Magazine website. Any comments, about either of the articles or about the connectome project itself, should be posted here.