Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Big problems, big solutions …

Paul Allen and Francis Collins: Toward the Final Frontier, the Human Brain - WSJ.com. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)


The human brain contains nearly 100 billion neurons of at least a thousand distinct varieties. Those nerve cells make at least 100 trillion connections. No single discovery, no one researcher, will be able to crack the brain's code. The next generation of neuroscience breakthroughs will emerge from collaboration among a range of disciplines, from physics and biology to nanoscience, computer science and engineering. All hands must be on deck.

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