(NEWSER) – President Obama today unveiled a major federal project to map out the human brain, discovering "how millions of brain cells interact," in the words of a White House scientist. Obama is directing $100 million toward the program, which has been compared to the Human Genome Project and could help fight Alzheimer's and epilepsy, the Hill reports.
The National Institutes of Health will create a roadmap for the project, which will also involve the Defense Research Projects Agency and the National Science Foundation. Politico notes that the president joked that learning how the brain works "could explain all kinds of things that go on in Washington. We could prescribe something."