The brain is the most vulnerable organ in the human body. It is a soft, delicate, organ controlling the entire body. Brain implants are normally made of metallic materials. The rough metal surface harms brain cells and tissues.
It can cause inflammation and buildup of scar tissue. MIT scientists are developing soft neural implants. It can gently conform to the contours of the brain. 3-D printed, neural implants are soft and rubbery. Flexible electronics are softer. Because they are softer to touch and place. Brain implants help record brain activity. This helps study and ease the neural symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and Epilepsy.
Although it is not complete. Hyunwoo Yuk, a graduate student in the research group at MIT, hopes to use this technology and build other devices. But, the proof of concept (POC) still awaits approval. But that is not it. The team printed plenty of other soft electronic devices, including a small, rubbery electrode. It is implanted in the brain of a mouse. As the mouse moved freely in a controlled environment, the neural probe was able to pick up on the activity from a single neuron. Monitoring this activity gives scientists a higher-resolution picture of the brain’s activity, helps in tailoring therapies. It helps long-term brain implants for a variety of neurological disorders.
Researchers have successfully bypassed the eyes with a brain implant that gives blind people rudimentary vision. https://t.co/6iI9W8f0Tw
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But that is not it. This implant gives blind people rudimentary vision. Yuk and Zhao have published their results in the journal Nature Communications. In the distressing times of Coronavirus pandemic, such experiments keep humanity’s hope alive.