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A new microchip can “talk” with neurons and maybe fix them.
Discovered from C.N.R. Bologna Research Area.
A transparent microchip, compatible with the human body, is able of bidirectional stimulation and recording of neural cells. The project proved that is possible to understand the functions of the nervous system and this is crucial for developing advanced in vitro drug screening approaches.
The main protagonist is a microchip called Ocst (Organic cell stimulating and sensing transistor). As Michele Muccini - C.N.R. supervisor and project organizer - says: “Ocst can stay in very close contact with the neurons without damaging them. It is organic too and this makes it more remarkable than other materials”.
One day Ocst interaction with neurons could be used in regeneration of damaged nervous tissue after accident or degenerative disease, or in diagnosis of epilepsy.
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