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Scientists replicating human brain with computers

Scientists say they are building a "human brain", using the world's most powerful supercomputer that will simulate the entire mind and thus help fight against brain diseases like Alzheimer's.

world Updated: Apr 17, 2012 01:33 IST

Scientists say they are building a "human brain", using the world's most powerful supercomputer that will simulate the entire mind and thus help fight against brain diseases like Alzheimer's.

The "brain" is intended to combine all the information so far uncovered about its mysterious workings -and replicate them on a screen, right down to the level of individual cells and molecules, says the team behind the project.

The scientists hope to complete it in 12 years. If it works, it could be revolutionary for understanding devastating neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's, and even shedding light on how we think, and make decisions, the Daily Mail reported.

Switzerland-based Henry Markram, who is leading the team, said: "The complexity of brain, with its billions of interconnected neurons, makes it hard for neuroscientists to truly understand how it works."