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Scientists engineer first 'cyborg' tissue

By T.K. Randall
August 31, 2012 · Comment icon 12 comments

Image Credit: CC 2.0 Marcin Wichary
Researchers at Harvard University are blurring the lines between organic and electronic systems.
'Cyborg' tissue comprised of both organic material and electronics has been created in research that could one day lead to semi-organic implants, pacemakers and drug testing mechanisms. The material is produced using a nanowire scaffolding that is small and flexible enough to allow the organic tissue to grow around it.

"You could use these things to directly measure the effects of drugs in synthetically grown human tissue without ever having to test them in an actual human being," said research team colleague Daniel Kohane.
They beat like real heart cells, but the rat cardiomyocytes in a dish at Harvard University are different in one crucial way. Snaking through them are wires and transistors that spy on each cell's electrical impulses. In future, the wires might control their behaviour too.

Source: New Scientist | Comments (12)

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Comment icon #3 Posted by Idano 12 years ago
Will they use the power for good or for evil? Probably which ever makes the most money.
Comment icon #4 Posted by notoverrated 12 years ago
this is freaking cool things just 5 years ago i was dreaming about are comeing true in just weeks.
Comment icon #5 Posted by twobytwice 12 years ago
Hopefully I live long enough to get an upgrade.
Comment icon #6 Posted by MJNYC 12 years ago
Here come the Borg! I love it.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Alienated Being 12 years ago
It starts.....
Comment icon #8 Posted by Melo - 12 years ago
lol the borg... i love it dude!
Comment icon #9 Posted by Melo - 12 years ago
lol the borg... i love it dude!
Comment icon #10 Posted by Melo - 12 years ago
lol the borg... i love it dude!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Junior Chubb 12 years ago
Personally, I will be looking forward to the release of 'Cyberdyne Systems Series 800 Model 101 Version 2.4'. Now on to you Melo... lol the borg... i love it dude! lol the borg... i love it dude! lol the borg... i love it dude! Is there an echo in here?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Lion6969 12 years ago
This will be used for good and bad I think

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