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Apr 19th 2010
New Implants Mold to Brain Like Shrink-Wrap
LiveScience Managing Editor
Sun Apr 18, 6:10 pm ET
New silken brain implants that mold to the organ's grooves and crevices like shrink-wrap could lead to better devices for monitoring and controlling seizures.
"They can also serve as advanced brain-machine interfaces for control of prosthetics and other devices," said John Rogers, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
The new implants could transmit signals from the brain to the prosthetic, Rogers and his colleagues explain in the April 18 issue of the journal Nature Materials.
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Apr 20th 2010
That's really cool. My only question is whether it captures all the signals it needs from just the surface of the brain, which from this article it looks like that's all they need, or whether there are signals from deeper within the tissues they'd like to get.
Also, this sentence caught my eye: "In addition, the cats' brains showed no inflammation for at least four weeks." Does this mean that after the brains can only go so long with these implants before they start to get irritated? I'm just wondering what exactly was the cause of the inflammation. Just healing and adjusting?
In any case, this innovation sounds super cool. I'd like to see how it goes from here.
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