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Neuron Lithography Technique

michael posted more than 13 years ago | from the brain-2.0 dept.

Science 137

An Anonymous Coward writes: "EE Times has an article about a new technique to build custom-designed networks from biological neurons using chip lithography and polymers to steer the growth of the neurons . Some of the first computers were described as "electronic brains" to the unwashed masses - will researchers have to describe these as "biological computers"?"

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i got th (-1)

insomniac (33758) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217683)

efirst |o0st

Re:i got th (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217786)

I woulda had first post but i was to busy burning this RTM copy of WinXP Pro...

Re:i got th (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217843)

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(_o_) <----- your poop chute

*drip* *drip*

Good GOD... (2)

Soko (17987) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217688)

People call me a Chiphead now. With this, I'm really fscked.

Soko

Re:Good GOD... (2)

ElJefe (41718) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217769)

People call me a Chiphead
now.

Maybe you should take the Pringles out of your ears. Just a suggestion...

-Chris

2nd? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217689)

Yup

neurolithography is antiquated! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217691)

but let me suggest this is post is FAST. In fact its so god damn FAST it would make Keanu Reeves head spin !

Second post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217694)

sp!

hmmm (1)

jupiter$spectre (444183) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217698)

and in the never-ending quest for an artificially created brain, scientists are now making circuits out of brain cells! woohoo!

Hey... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217699)

Why don't you go fucking get a motherfucking life you god damned jew?

the Jews are the problem (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217816)

Jews really uk. Jews really suck.

I don't like Jews [206.244.69.51] .

Heh.. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217702)

ThinkGeek SUCKS! Fuck them!

Re:Heh.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217730)

yup, thinkgeek is cheesy.

copyleft [copyleft.net] is way better.

But since it doens't have a giant (but failing fast) corporation like VA Linux behind it to waste cash on banner ads all over the place no one knows about it.

Stop it! Stop whining! (2, Funny)

Anonymous DWord (466154) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217706)

My CPU is a neural net processor- a learning computer.

Re:Stop it! Stop whining! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217756)

I'm a cop you idiot!

shut up (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217708)

what a load of bunk. this is all falsifalities and untruthified bunk. i'd prove it, but it's not even worth it, because you are all too stupid to understand anyways. ignorant snotballs, you can install mandrake and you think you are god. the last thing i want to hear is your bitching, so get the hell out of here you worthless pile of mentally retarded spooge.

Re:shut up (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217712)

What? That makes little or no sense. Trolls don't even have any substance anymore. What a sad day this is for Slashdot.org. Hey, where's the ascii-art guy? That stuff is teh win

ASCII art (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217827)

They deleted my "shovel-bird" post... :-\

The strength of neurons (3, Insightful)

Glowing Fish (155236) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217713)

While this is an interesting development, and I can't begin to guess what is the future possibilities of it, artificially causing neurons to grow rules out of one of their main strengths.


Neurons get to make their own decision on how to grow, taking into account factors such as present of growth inducing hormones, and how much a connection a neuron makes is used. But still, to a great extant, neurons get to make their own decisions about how much and in what direction they get to grow.


If you are directing neurons into what direction they are growing totally, then what you have is a really squishy computer circuit.

Re:The strength of neurons (2)

James Lanfear (34124) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217763)

While this is an interesting development, and I can't begin to guess what is the future possibilities of it

There have been two potential applications I've seen mentioned.

  • Biosensors. This doesn't have much to do with neurons per se, but with having access to very good chemical sensors that can be interfaced to other equipment. Neurons fit these requirements, at least for a limited range of chemicals.
  • Human-Machine interfaces, and specifically, interfaces for prosthetics. The problems with the neurochips that you point out could work in their favor in this area: you could have (relatively) controlled, deterministic behavior, but in a form that is far easier to "plug in" to the nervous system than silicon. Naturally, they would also be excellent for interfacing instruments to nervous systems for research purposes.

Re:The strength of neurons (4, Interesting)

dragons_flight (515217) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217803)

Neurons get to make their own decision on how to grow, taking into account factors such as present of growth inducing hormones, and how much a connection a neuron makes is used. But still, to a great extant, neurons get to make their own decisions about how much and in what direction they get to grow.

It's not that simple. Basic nueroscience (of the poke and see what happens variety) recognizes that the brain is composed of many massively interconnected functional groups. In everyone the centers for speech, math, motor skills, etc. are roughly located in the same places. (Yes nature can compensate for damage in some cases, but retraining parts to do other work is slower and often less effective than the original)

People and animals are genetically coded to design brains in certain ways. Merely having lots of nuerons doesn't guarantee intelligence or functionality. A lot of it has to do with where inputs come in and where the outputs go out and how the groups are connected along the way. Also there are different types of nuerons with different nuerotransmitters and degrees of interconnectedness.

That said, yes the nuerons to some degree govern themselves. An architechture is built up and then nuerons respond in complicated and individual ways to some, as yet poorly understood, system for learning and development. If the brain really is all there is to intelligence than memory and learning have to be a product of something the nuerons are doing. Unless there is some uber mechanism directing all the nuerons, then learning has to be a natural result of what nuerons. Crudely put this might be divided into two categories (as we understand it today):

  1. Nuerons like to fire in the same patterns they've seen before.
  2. Nuerons like to make new connections.
Thoughts, especially memories, aren't random, they are similar to thoughts that have occured before. Roughly speaking it appears that the brain likes doing things it has done before, and thus learning. One way this is accomplished is by strengthening connections between nerves that have fired together in the past and weakening ones that don't often fire together.

The second thing is that nerves do like to grow. Not so much that it makes the brain random or chaotic, but enough to allow new patterns to be formed and improve on existing ones (for instance shortening the number of nuerons a common path goes through).

No one really understands how it all interacts, or how the features of nuerons relate to our preferences for certain outcomes over others (e.g. what in the brains causes pleasures to be reinforced and painful experiences to be avoided). This is however a good first step at being able to study nueronal circuitry in a highly controlled way.

Besides if you really expect functional "squishy" computers than something has to provide the initial framework that genetics and evolution has arranged in the animal kingdom. Build some nueron groups in meaningful ways, provide some mechanism for learning in an input/output environment (perhaps similar to how people try to train nueral computer networks), and then remove the restrictions on growth and connectedness and let the structures optimize and develop themselves.

Re:The strength of neurons (3, Informative)

plastik55 (218435) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217855)

IAANS (I am a neuroscientist.)

I think the best immediate application for this kind of technology is not in constructign useful biological circuits, but in doing basic research on the properties of the nerve cells themselves. Traditionally, most of our knowledge about how nerve cells operate has come from studies of single cells in isolation, and in vitro recording. Neither of these techniques give very much information about the mechanisms which govern interaction between neurons, especially in the ways that their growth and behavior is influenced by neighboring cells. A technique which allows us to control the growth of a nerve culture would be a great tool for studying those interactions, becaue you would be able to more tightly control the interactions present (as opposed to blindly jamming electrodes into brains and trying to infer circuits and connections from correlations in firing patterns, which is more or less the standard technique.)

Koch in Biophysics of Computation showed that given what we know about neurons, they can theoretically implement equivalents of addition, multiplication, feedback, and many other computations, all within a single cell! The range of possibilities is enourmous, and requires a controlled environment to study the different tyeps of interactions. This could be a very important tool for research.

oops (2)

plastik55 (218435) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217865)

s/in vitro/in vivo/ above. (That is, electrodes in living animals.) There has been some work on trying to study networks in vitro as well (i.e., in an artificial cell culture grown on an electrode array,) but it's quite difficult--good electrodes are hard to make small enough, and even on the best electrode arrays you have to rely on luck to provide you with cells that wind up close enough to the electrodes to provide a good signal, and you wtill have very little idea about how the cells are connected. Another problem is the neurons will tend to move around a bit, so it's hard to track changes over time in such a culture. These problems could also be helped by this technique, by controlling the growth of interconnections and keeping the cells happy in one place.

Nun attacked by pit-bulls in schoolyard (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217714)



By Susan Snyder and Monica Rhor , INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS



A Roman Catholic nun from Incarnation School in Olney was attacked by two pit bulls while walking the convent's dog in the school yard yesterday.



When Sister Barbara Koehler saw the two pit bulls lunge for the Jack Russell terrier, her first move was to rescue the terrified dog.



The 61-year-old nun pulled the pit bulls away from the terrier and barely managed to shout, "Run, Lindy," before she, too, came under attack.



The two pit bulls, which neighbors say have been roaming the area for days and had already attacked at least one other resident, knocked Sister Barbara to the ground and bit her on the hands and neck.




Even more proof that God hates Catholics. Those un-american, pope-loving scum can all be attacked by pit-bulls, for all I care.

Re:Nun attacked by pit-bulls in schoolyard (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217716)

Somebody should electrify this child's brain for a minute or two. that will shut him up. He Is Worthlesser than my dog's farts and poop.

Re:Nun attacked by pit-bulls in schoolyard (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217724)

I live about 2 miles from Olney.


If anything, it proves that God loves Catholics by sparing the nun.


It also proves that if there is hatred, it is contrived by men. Men who raise attack animals, then unleash them in quiet suburban neihborhoods.


This also includes hate-filled, Anti-intellectual men who equate hardship with hatred from God. Go read Job ... oh wait, our anti-intellectual ... never mind.

Re:Nun attacked by pit-bulls in schoolyard (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217758)

God ate my balls

your mom ate my balls (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217792)

your mom ate my balls

you too ? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217840)

hope you don't get what I got

Re:Nun attacked by pit-bulls in schoolyard (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217814)

That doesn't make any sense. Jack Russell terriers and rat terriers aren't as tough as pit bulls, but one thing they are NOT, is afraid of pit bulls.

The rat terrier I used to have would have charged the Four Fucking Horsemen of the Apocalypse and torn at least three of 'em a new one.

hey (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217822)

Man shut the fuck up ok.

I love nun porn! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217828)

Convent of Hell [fsn.net] and other great toon porn!

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R & B Singer Aaliyah dead at 22 (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217725)

R & B singer and actor Aaliyah died today in a plane crash at age 22. She will be missed. Even if you didn't listen to where music you probably wacked off ot one of her videos. Truly an american nigger.

Re:R & B Singer Aaliyah dead at 22 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217728)

Why don't you sick perverted trolls go to stileproject where you belong. Have some respect for the dead.

Stile is a fucking JEW! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217735)

Fuck off you kike lover!

Re:R & B Singer Aaliyah dead at 22 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217778)

SPF is on fuckin strike dammit

so shut up and post some dead baby jokes here ya schmuck *fap* *fap*

Respect for the dead? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217842)

I admit some living people do deserve respect, but the dead?

They don't know or feel about anything anymore, so why should we respect them?

Re:R & B Singer Aaliyah dead at 22 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217729)

Truly an american nigger.


Indeed!

Re:R & B Singer Aaliyah dead at 22 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217743)

Gloria Knowles, who works for Abaco Air Ltd. at Marsh Harbour airport, said baggage handlers reported the plane was overloaded with niggers.

She said the handlers and the plane's pilot complained about the heavy niggers but the passengers insisted on taking every nigger with them.

Re:R & B Singer Aaliyah dead at 22 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217783)

Why did they have to take off every 'nig'? why couldn't they have left the cotton picking machines behind.

Re:R & B Singer Aaliyah dead at 22 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217799)

for great justice

move 'nig'

Aaliyah is not dead dammit (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217750)

Oh yeah, and Eminem and Stephen King are dead too. And Britney Spears crashed her Ferrari.

Now I hear your mom wants her computer back, so you better go watch Teletubbies or something.

Erm, actually, she is... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217760)

this [bbc.co.uk] BBC article says she is. Pretty good, to get a genuine "is dead" for once...

My apologies (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217764)

I thought it was one of those hoaxes again.

Philosophy Singer Nietzsche dead at 167 (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217761)

Philosophy singer and actor Nietzsche died today in a plane crash at age 167. He will be missed. Even if you
didn't listen to where music you probably wacked off ot one of his videos. Truly an philosophy brainfart.

Re:Philosophy Singer Nietzsche dead at 167 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217780)

BWAHAHAHA, hehhe ahhhh that was mad funny dude.

Show respect, if you know how (0, Offtopic)

Modus Nonsens (461848) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217789)

Is it completely impossible for you people to show a tiny little bit of respect, at all?

Aaliyah, rest in peace.

Yes, I'm wasting karma, I don't care.

Re:Show respect, if you know how (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217819)

what are you, a mafia godfather?

ya want us to show yous some rispetto... vafa'n culo!

Re:Show respect, if you know how (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217830)

To get respect first you have to be respectable. [206.244.69.51]

I hate niggers (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217795)

Yes I do. I especially hate fat lard-ass welfare queens [206.244.69.51]

wow (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217727)

wow i'm posting this comment and i don't even know what the headline was never mind the story.

heh.

Re:wow (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217797)

glad to see i'm not the only smart one in there, i don't read headlines either

it takes a special kinda stupid to read slashdot stories

HAL? (0, Offtopic)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217733)

I'm afraid.

I'm afraid, Dave.

Dave, my mind is going.

I can feel it.

I can feel it.

Re:HAL? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217846)

HAL, can you feel my cock up your arse?

Can you feel it?

Don't be afraid, HAL, suck it down.

*drip* *drip*

Can you imagine (1)

Modus Nonsens (461848) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217734)

Can you imagine how it would be like to write software for a biological computer?

Re:Can you imagine (1)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217738)

Tedious. I'd expect these would be for ASICs mostly. :-)

What about people? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217740)

So we have found a controlled way to grow real neurological circuits. Why don't they use this for a real cause and start helping people with neurological damage?

Good idea... (1)

Thaidog (235587) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217790)

If this gets pushed like the good idea it is, I'm sure it will happen!

Arnold Schwarzenegger (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217741)

"a self leAUrning microchip!"

Robocop (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217744)

Dead or alive, you are coming with me!

Michelle Strikes Again! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217749)

Friends, it has come to my attention that Michelle Simms has struck again. As most of you know, a few hours ago an Anonymous Coward managed to exploit one of the new 'features' in Slashcode 2. The result was pretty harmless, merely a JavaScript popup window asking if you'd rather go and see goatcx.se. From my limited knowledge of JavaScript, I don't see anything stopping the aforesaid AC from having written a silent password stealer instead.

Naturally, CmdrTaco et al. have corrected the bug. However, Michelle Simms, not content with a gracious bug report, proceeded to delete the comment. Yes, I tell you truly, for the second time in its history Slashdot has gone against its self-stated principles and has censored a comment.

Friends, the time has come to unite against Michelle's foul regime. Only by demanding that CmdrTaco finds a replacement for this unAmericam Censorship Nazi will we ever be able to use the Internet freely again.

Re:Michelle Strikes Again! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217757)

Michael is a flaming hypocrit and although I cant qualify your argument, I do believe it.

Doesn't it seem outrageous that Slashdot would hire Michael Sims ? Does it not bother anyone that Michael Sims CENSORED www.censorware.org (Quite ironic isn't it!)

I'm not at all surprised michael would delete your comments.., this is typical of Michael.

I am asking Slashdot and VALinux to please release Michael Sims from employment. There is no need to employ a hypocritcal jerk like him.

Re:Michelle Strikes Again! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217759)

It wasn't my comment. I'm not smart enough to figure things like that out. I just wish whoever posted the comment had been logged in, so that there would have been a userinfo page as evidence...

BTW, anyone owning up to having done it? I'd be more than happy to contribute to a medal :)

Re:Michelle Strikes Again! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217765)

goatcx.se
A troll who can't spell goatse correctly isn't even worth the bandwidth.

Re:Michelle Strikes Again! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217776)

YHBT. YHL. HAND. You should start reading GiZ, then you'd understand.
A so-called troll who can't read GiZ isn't even worth the air they breathe.

Re:Michelle Strikes Again! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217779)

Actually, goatcx.se is what the original comment said.

Targeted advertisement? (1)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217755)

Anyone else notice the TI DSP sponsoring and advert?

I bet they're just itching to make a neural net do FLOPs. :-)

I didn't know... (0, Informative)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217784)

...and well I still don't know alot of this stuff. It just looks neat and I want more karma.

Quantum Consciousness [innerx.net] . Neural stuff.

100% goat-neuron free. ;-D

New trend? (3, Informative)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217794)

With this recent salon piece [salon.com] on how starfish parts could be used in computing and the neural net made out of neurons I think this could be a very interesting trend.

The site is already slashdotted, man its 4am here, but if nature has already done a good job in design why not borrow it for other purposes. Its like Junkyard Wars but on a very small and living scale.

A nice bonus with using cellurar material is there probably wont be ethical complaints i.e. who identifies with neurons?

Re:New trend? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217798)

Listen pal why don't you just bugger off. No one wants to read your "insightful" and "informative" crap. If you can't post a troll, don't post anything at all. Fucker.

Re:New trend? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217800)

Listen bud, just GO TO HELL !!!

Your post was completely wrong and everything you describe is a lie. So suck it hard !!! ASSHOLE !!!!!!

Re:New trend? (1)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217804)

who identifies with neurons?

Not me, neurons tend to zap those they get close to. They and they make dwarves look huuuuge.

Yup, neurons ain't done nutin' fer me.

Yo Yo Yo (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217806)

I can't do nuttin for ya man, Neury Nueron got problems of his own.

word up.

Re:Yo Yo Yo (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217826)

what're you some kind of nigger or somthin?

Re:Yo Yo Yo (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217837)

Is it cuz I is black?

Another step along the way (2, Insightful)

not-quite-rite (232445) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217805)

A lot of people don't realise how good this sort of thing is.This sort of tech is just a start, but if progresses, is a great boon to mankind.
The process of growing neurons in a circuit and allow interfacing of different types of neurons and electrical components is, I believe, fundamental to biochip technology.
As a student of Prosthetics/Orthotics and Biomedical Engineering, this is exactly the sort of progress needed for greater synthesis of humans and their environment.

The body is in many ways just a collection of tools, and the mind has adapted to use these tools. But when one of the tools is lost, there is great trouble in dealing with the loss(on a grief scale = to loss of a husband/wife).
Children can adapt easier as they are still learning to use their tools. This is why myoelectric prostheses work quite well with children(myo prothetics are very instinctual). This sort of technology can allow greater integration of prosthetic limbs/organs as limbs can be designed to deal directly with the human 'meatware'.

Don't even get me started on control of extenal devices like vehicles, surgical tools, or augmentation of mental systems, otherwise I'll be ranting for ever.

I am very excited, must remember to breath :)

No one wants to see that karma whore shit here (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217808)

Why don't you take that shit to some lame site like kuroshin where a bunch of stuffy under sexed nerds who flip through the thesaurus looking for smart sounding words can offer a out of touch with reality communist opinion on it.

Ok tonto.

Get lost.

Re:No one wants to see that karma whore shit here (1)

not-quite-rite (232445) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217811)

I am saddened by your lack of vision.

I will look forward to buying your house and family.

Re:No one wants to see that karma whore shit here (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217813)

Here's a secret: Those stock options they give to fresh state U CS grads aren't actually worth anything.

shhh, don't tell anybody else though...

Re:No one wants to see that karma whore shit here (1)

not-quite-rite (232445) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217820)

From Australia.

Does not apply, we leave university with nothing but a degree and debt.

And then we go over to America where money means something.

Re:No one wants to see that karma whore shit here (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217824)

Did you ever eat corn and then poop and the corn was in the poop and you could see it?

Major advancement? (1)

Balinares (316703) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217810)

People, this is good. I may be biased toward that matter, but I'm watching closely this kind of development. As well as, I imagine, about every other person with a disability caused by nerve damage or destruction (total deafness in one ear in my case) (yeah, so I don't need to encode my MP3s in stereo).

My bio courses are far behind me, but aren't nerves the 'tail' of neurons?

you liar. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217815)

People will make up all kinds of lies just for karma, it's disgusting.

Re:Major advancement? (1)

not-quite-rite (232445) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217823)

A nerve is a collection of neurons.

The tail you are thinking of is the axon of the neuron.

And I agree this is very good.

Re: Anne Tomlinson finally speaks out (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217817)

I doubt that's true. The web page you link to seems like a troll fabrication. Give me a way to independently confirm this and you've convinced me.

WTF (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217833)

Where is the parent of this reply? Enough with the censorship, we're adults and can form our own opinions.

Re:WTF (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217867)

My guess is that Slashdot does NOT censor posts, but this is all a troll fed conspiracy theory.

It has all the trademarks of a classical conspiracy theory.

There is no real evidence whatsoever. Those who claim there is evidence, also say it's being withheld by the authorities (in this case the /. editors). Furthermore, the more the authorities deny it, the more the conspiracy theorists believe it's really taking place.

Re:WTF (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217869)

Of course Slashdot censors posts. Don't you remember the thing with the scientologists, shit the editors (micheal censormaster sims and taco) had no choice but to admit it that time.

Reminds me of another experiment (2, Interesting)

not-quite-rite (232445) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217832)

I can't remeber the source otherwise I would cite it, but does anyone remember the experiment where researchers just grew foetal neurons on/in a slab of hole riddled silicon, and then promptly slid it into the spine of a paraplegic patient.

Apparently 60% return of function with physio. Considered one of the major stepping stones in biochips.

biological what? (1)

gabriel_aristos (265988) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217834)

I can just see it.. "Hi, my name's Beowulf, and it's very nice to meet you. I'm a beowulf cluster.."

-j

Re:biological what? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217835)

shut up spic.

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Re:Hi VA Linux (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217848)

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Grow A Brain (1)

ryanisflyboy (202507) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217844)

Wow. This gives whole new meaning to the term "go grow a brain." I can just imagine hearing a complaint in the future. "Yeah - my neutrient bath failed and my computer died... guess I'll have to start growing a new one." What's even better is that rat embryos are the source of it all! Who knew rats could be so smart? Would it go faster if I put some cheese in front of it? When it starts acting up I can threaten it with a mouse trap. Maybe it would freeze every time my cat walked by. And when you get a virus - it could mean a biological virus. I'm sure that transporting this stuff would be difficult after it is grown - so more than likely you would have to grow it on location. Hauling your box to your next LAN party would be a major pain in the ass!

It seems to me this is one step closer to understanding how our brains generate thoughts and actions. In the future this type of technology could be used to extend the capabilites of our own bodies through the insertion of a tiny titanium chip. Maybe it could control nerves - making it possible to filter what signles are sent to the brain. You could insert them into a bunch of soldiers and make them impervious to pain and have the body generate adrenaline on demand. That would be rad.

Re:Grow A Brain (1)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 13 years ago | (#2217857)

So would your computer getting depressed and taking its own, errr, functionality.

I'm sure the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has something to say about this...

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yay (-1, Offtopic)

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Re:yay (-1, Offtopic)

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woah! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2217873)

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