Tiny neural probes made of flexible nanoelectronic thread could improve human brain studies.
Currently, probes implanted in the brain perform less than ideally due to biocompatibility issues. To help overcome this problem, a team from the University of Texas at Austin created the NET probes, which are so small they do not trigger the production of scar tissue when implanted. The absence of scar tissue allows the probes to record more efficiently while also operating for months, enabling researchers to study the long-term effects of disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
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