Google poaches top US neuroscientist to lead mental health project

GoogleMOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — After visiting Silicon Valley this summer for a tour of tech companies including Apple, Google and IBM, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health is coming back — this time to work here.

We all know Google as a technology company which has pushed barriers in topical news, internet searches and developing interactive networks. But a subsidy of the Google company, formed two years ago, Google Ventures is exploring into the Life sciences by funding research into Autism detection blood tests.

Last year, Autism Speaks began its collaboration with Google to develop the world’s largest database of genomic sequence information on individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their family members. Researchers for the study will be collaborating with Google as the company lends its Google Genomics technology in an attempt to uncover some of the mystery that covers the autism spectrum disorder.

Before Google’s collaboration with Autism Speaks, the funding required for a research of the same gravity, such as the Human Genome Project, was at $3 billion. But with Google’s technology, the research can be done for as little as $2,500.