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New Brain Institute Struggles for Traction

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Science  24 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5534, pp. 1418-1422
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5534.1418

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CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS-- In the rapidly growing field of brain research, one of the most highly touted efforts is at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which announced in early 2000 a determined initiative to seize the preeminent role in neuroscience. Armed with one of the largest academic gifts in history and a formidable faculty, the McGovern Institute for Brain Research aims to unravel the mysteries of behavior, communication, and perception. But a year and a half into the highly publicized start, the field's researchers say the effort is stalled.