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Posted on 2004.02.20 at 12:12
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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)


Got Habits
wetnun at 2004-02-20 13:16 (UTC) (Link)
Nice. But it's still thinking at the speed of a snail. :)
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2004-02-22 13:50 (UTC) (Link)


how do you know snail neurons are any slower? :P
Got Habits
wetnun at 2004-02-22 14:37 (UTC) (Link)


Don't think they are. The irony just couldn't be helped I suppose.
Karma Coma
cosmic_osmo at 2004-02-21 02:51 (UTC) (Link)
found this link below the brain cell story

check out the Wine researchers name. Eggers. Little Sea Lab reference there. :)
Abstract Psyche
anonymoususers at 2004-02-21 22:53 (UTC) (Link)
wow. i'm not sure i'm optimistic about this although it has some good uses, it could be used for bad as well. as with anything i guess.
katieshrike at 2004-06-12 17:39 (UTC) (Link)
There was actually a book written in 1987 called Human Error that explored some of the moral and problematic aspects of such a thing- I remember reading it when I was like ten and being very shaken by the prospect, but for ten years I couldnt remember the title until now.

Incidentally I am getting my doctorate in Bioelectronics so soon I will be making these things myself! HAHA!
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