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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is asking Congress to spend $100 million next year to start a new project to map the human brain in hopes of eventually finding cures for diseases like Alzheimer's.

Obama says the so-called BRAIN Initiative could create jobs and unlock the mysteries of the brain. That could eventually lead to cures to ailments including Parkinson's and autism and help reverse the effect of a stroke or other traumatic injuries.

Obama says the research has the potential to improve the lives of billions of people worldwide.

He announced the project Tuesday from the White House's East Room. The project will require the development of new technology that can record the electrical activity of individual cells and complex neural circuits in the brain.

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