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Saturday, April 01, 2006
Microchips and Neurons
Here is an appropriate story for the first day of a blog -
An article in LiveScience reports that researchers in Italy have managed to fuse a neuron to a microchip, using a brain protein as glue, and succeeded in passing an electrical signal from the ion channels of the neuron to the chip. Maybe I won't be needing those Ginko pills after all...
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This is interesting indeed, especially since it is now known that the military is interested in creating various vertebrate and invertebrate cyborgs. The Defense Advanced Research Projects (DARPA) is seeking proposals for such work UPI. About 3 billion dollars per year is fueling research on cyborg rats, geckos, sharks, and insects Toronto Star Perhaps the researchers in Italy will provide the DARPA team with some insights- sounds like they could use some input!

Anonymous Laja @ Sun Apr 02, 09:21:00 AM EDT  
Apologies, here is a working link to the Toronto Star
Toronto Star

Anonymous Laja @ Sun Apr 02, 09:26:00 AM EDT  
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