Artificial nerve cells make various medical treatments possible in the future
January 24, 2023 | Biology
An increasingly functional, synthetic nerve cell that mimics 15 out of the 20 neural features characteristic of natural nerve cells has been Simone Fabiano and his team of scientists developing work at Linköping University since 2022. Published in the journal Nature Materials, the newly developed artificial nerve cell is termed “conductance-based organic electrochemical neuron” (c-OECN), and it could imitate the activation/inactivation of sodium and potassium channels which previous models failed to emulate.
Padinhare Cholakkal Harikesh, the main author of the paper, recognized that their scientific effort was a good start in understanding the human brain better, opening a wealth of possibilities for building circuits that are capable of performing intelligent tasks, but that we still have much work to do to replicate nature artificially.
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