February 20th, 2004




Calgary scientist grows brain cells on microchip
Last Updated Thu, 19 Feb 2004 19:12:44
CALGARY - Canadian and German researchers have grown snail nerve cells on a microchip and showed the cells have memory and can communicate.

The researchers say this melding of machine and biology has a wide-range of potential applications. Think RoboCop – a microchip that communicates with your brain.

Neurobiology Prof. Naweed Syed of the University of Calgary and his colleagues have shown it's possible to grow a network of snail brain cells and reconnect them on a specially designed silicon chip.

Not only did the neurons survive, they actually grew and incorporated the chip as it if were a brain cell, too... (more @ link)
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