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Neuroscience’s grand project

Plans to model the brain won't live up to their false promises

By Hilary Rose and Steven Rose  

Charles Bell, "The Anatomy of the Brain" (c. 1802)

Those who follow biomedical research policy have become used to the launch of gargantuan programmes promising near limitless gains for both health and wealth. It started with the Human Genome Project (HGP) in the 1990s, when molecular biologists claimed that individual human identity could be digitalised onto a CD, while the editor of the leading US journal Science claimed that sequencing the human genome…

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