Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) are developing a 3D printed layered structure incorporating neural cells, that mimics the structure of brain tissue.
The research is in the Biomaterials. (full access paywall)
Research: “3D printing of layered brain-like structures using peptide modified gellan gum substrates” by Rodrigo Lozano, Leo Stevens, Brianna C. Thompson, Kerry J. Gilmore, Robert Gorkin III, Elise M. Stewart, Marc in het Panhuis, Mario Romero-Ortega, Gordon G. Wallace in Biomaterials doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2015.07.022
Image: A bench-top brain that accurately reflects actual brain tissue would be significant for researching not only the effect of drugs, but brain disorders like schizophrenia, and degenerative brain disease. This picture of a brain model is for illustrative purposes only.
A high-resolution image of two adjacent neurons, one colored in green and one in blue. The numbered areas, in yellow, are synapses—gaps where the neurons communicate via chemicals called neurotransmitters. “Every neuron has thousands of places to synapse with another,” says Kasthuri. “Why does it keep choosing the same ones?” Photo courtesy of Kasthuri, et al. / Cell 2015
Bread and circuses will remove the will to think. That’s why the USA produce so many shows and fast food. The White House preoccupies stomachs, eyes and ears people all around the world. Sated citizens won’t be protesting and if the resistance begins it turns into another show. Use your brain!
Knowledge(IMO), is the cure for everything. So let me start by giving you some. Although this has been known for a very long time, I’m sure some people are still not aware. We do not only use 10% of our brains. That is a myth. The brain is an amazing thing. Just a true marvel of evolution. (at Cerebellum Way)
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