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California follows federal lead with its own brain-mapping initiative
California follows federal lead with its own brain-mapping initiative

It took 40 scientists, tens of millions of dollars and several decades to create a comprehensive atlas of the brain of the lowly fruit fly. So Ralph Greenspan, whose neuroscience career started with fruit fly experiments, understands that $2 million from Sacramento won't be enough to map the human brain, which has about 85 million times as many neurons. But in a state that only recently crawled out from years of budget deficits and recession, the decision to set aside money for brain research carries symbolic weight: It's a wager on California's ability to turn gray matter to green matter. The new California Blueprint for Research to Advance Innovations in...