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Monday, March 21, 2011

Nerve Electronic Hybrids

Will mind and machine be more intimately connected?  What are the implications? The idea has been around for some time, but with little firm results yet on the shelf.   In Wired Science News:

" ... Nerve-cell tendrils readily thread their way through tiny semiconductor tubes, researchers find, forming a crisscrossed network like vines twining toward the sun. The discovery that offshoots from nascent mouse nerve cells explore the specially designed tubes could lead to tricks for studying nervous system diseases or testing the effects of potential drugs. Such a system may even bring researchers closer to brain-computer interfaces that seamlessly integrate artificial limbs or other prosthetic devices ... "

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