New brain implants disguise as neurons, offering a potentially safer way to study and treat the brain

New brain implants disguise as neurons, offering a potentially safer way to study and treat the brain

by Harvard University, Medical Xpress

Like a well-guarded fortress, the human brain attacks intruders on sight. Foreign objects, including neural probes used to study and treat the brain, do not last long. But now, researchers have designed a probe that looks, acts, and feels so much like a real neuron that the brain cannot identify the impostors. According to Charles M. Lieber, this breakthrough “literally blurs the ever-present and clear dissimilarities in properties between man-made and living systems.” They have blurred the line between human and machine.

Lieber, the Joshua and Beth Friedman University Professor at Harvard University, and his lab members are authors on a new paper published in Nature Materials that presents a bioinspired design for neural probes.

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