Nerve Repairs Are One Step Closer

Nerve Repairs Are One Step Closer

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Scientists in Edinburgh, Scotland, have found a way to grow neurons on specially treated silicon chips.

The chips have a fine pattern of grooves which, when dipped into a patented formula of proteins, allows neurons to develop along the pathways. The neurons themselves are the basic cells of the human nervous system, and with enough of them, scientists can start producing new muscle or nerve fibers.

Stem cells can also be formed in a similar way.

It's hoped that the technique will one day allow for prosthetics to be grown in the laboratory for implanting into patients.

"This is a small but important step on the path towards the long-term goal of many scientists and medical experts - to develop surgical implants using silicon chips," said Professor Alan Murray, head of Edinburgh University's School of Engineering and Electronics, who led the research. "It is going towards the realms of science fiction - there is a definite 'Incredible Hulk' feel about it."

He added, "We also hope that, rather sooner than this, the technique will allow better methods of drug discovery and reduce the need for animal testing, as new medicines could be tested on chips rather than in live creatures."

While we're not talking about BioShock's plasmids just yet, the possibilities are there, and for those afflicted with degenerative conditions (like Parkinson's disease), the solution to their problems is a lot nearer.

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Does every generation feel sorry for those preceeding them?

one step closer to Neuromancer becoming reality...

That's one more point for science.

Avida:
Does every generation feel sorry for those preceeding them?

Why? Because we're closer to avoiding vivisection, animal cruelty, implant rejections, and even perhaps finding a cure for Cancer or AIDS?

I thought it was quite a good thing.

The_root_of_all_evil:

Avida:
Does every generation feel sorry for those preceeding them?

Why? Because we're closer to avoiding vivisection, animal cruelty, implant rejections, and even perhaps finding a cure for Cancer or AIDS?

I thought it was quite a good thing.

As do i - what im saying is every generation has advanced medically on the last, and i feel kinda sorry that people preceeding us do not get these benefits, has every other generation felt the same way?

Avida:

The_root_of_all_evil:

Avida:
Does every generation feel sorry for those preceeding them?

Why? Because we're closer to avoiding vivisection, animal cruelty, implant rejections, and even perhaps finding a cure for Cancer or AIDS?

I thought it was quite a good thing.

As do i - what im saying is every generation has advanced medically on the last, and i feel kinda sorry that people preceeding us do not get these benefits, has every other generation felt the same way?

Ah, I get you now...
Depends really, whilst medicine has advanced, so have the diseases. BSE, AIDS, AD(H)D, asthma...

The_root_of_all_evil:

Scientists in Edinburgh, Scotland, have found a way to grow neurons on specially treated silicon chips.

are you sure they're doing it for humans? this is the Scottish after all, the first thing they thought of cloning was a sheep :P

It really is amazing what this means... even just the short term of perhaps being able to reattach limbs with more success is a huge leap.

 

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