Colin Blakemore comments on Science Researcher's threat to boycott €1.2bn Human Brain Project

Monday 7 July 2014

The world's largest project to unravel the mysteries of the human brain has been thrown into crisis with more than 100 leading researchers threatening to boycott the effort amid accusations of mismanagement and fears that it is doomed to failure. In an open letter to the European commission on Monday, more than 130 leaders of scientific groups around the world warn they will boycott the project and urge others to join them unless major changes are made to the initiative.

Professor Colin Blakemore, who recently received a knighthood and is not one of the signatories to the letter, said: "It's important that the review should be thorough and, if necessary, critical. But it would be unfortunate if this high-profile project were to be abandoned. There's enough flexibility in the plans to allow the project to be refocused and re-energised."

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