Robots are cool but I am not a big fan a rat's. So I am not too sure how I feel with researchers from the University of Reading combining the two. The researchers have created a system that can control a robot using neurons from a rat brain.
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The neurons are able to communicate with each other via electrical impulses just as they did in the brain. The system is very fragile so about 300,000 of the rat neurons are floating in a solution of antibiotics and nutrients.
According to the researchers, a virus or even a microbe can destroy the whole system, which is why it is floated in the antibiotic solution. You may be wondering what the point to a rat brained robot is. The researchers say the insights gained from the project could help with conditions like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
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Via The Inquirer