A new silicon nanowire array could help lead to more effective drugs for treating neurological diseases.
The nanowire array, developed by a team from the University of California San Diego, is able to record the electrical activity in neurons in detail. The nanowires are small enough to enter a cell without killing it (in contrast to current methods), and can also perform measurements on more than one cell at a time.
According to the team, the system could one day be used to screen drugs being considered for neurological disease treatment, as well as help researchers understand how cells communicate in neural networks.
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