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Neuroscientists Grapple With Their Field's Big Questions

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Science  08 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6001, pp. 164
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6001.164

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A shrine to rock music is an unusual place to hold a scientific conference, but last week the Experience Music Project museum here hosted 18 leading neuroscientists who gathered to discuss the major open questions in their field and the as-yet-to-be-invented technological advances that could best help solve them. The benefactor of both the museum and the conference was Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who has so far poured $126 million into brain research via the Allen Institute for Brain Science, launched in 2003.