Brain Activity Map Project could begin in March

Scanned images of the brain are shown in this undated file photo.

February 18, 2013 2:51:42 PM PST
The Obama administration is reportedly preparing to unveil a decades-long project to decode the inner workings of the brain.

The Brain Activity Map Project will also provide critical insight into the treatment of neural disorders and diseases. Those include Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, as well as mental illness, and will also aid advances in artificial intelligence.

The New York Times reports the project could begin as early as March, with an expected cost reaching $3 billion over the decade.

The project is described as an effort to do for the brain what the Human Genome Project did for genetics.