GM Neurons Could Help Us Connect to Implants

Here come the cyborgs. The electrical properties of specific types of nerve cell in living animals have been changed by genetically modifying them to produce conducting polymers on their surfaces.

The work, which promises to allow electrical control of specific groups of cells, could lead to everything from new treatments for conditions such as epilepsy to better ways of connecting prosthetic limbs to nerves, says Zhenan Bao of Stanford University in California. “Those are definitely possibilities,” she says.

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