A Flexible Electronic Implant That Mimics the Brain's Membranethe_newsbeagle (2532562) writes "Brain and spinal implants are rapidly becoming part of clinical medicine, but researchers still worry about these rigid electronic devices causing damage or inflammation within the dynamic environment of the body. To solve this problem, Swiss researchers invented a stretchy electronic device modeled on the dura membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord. They showed that their "e-dura" caused less damage to rats' spinal cords than a stiff implant over the course of six weeks, and they used it to stimulate paralyzed rats' spinal cords and allow them to walk again. The researchers hope their biocompatible device will lead to longer lasting and more effective neural implants for humans."
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