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Human brain 'on a microchip'
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Human brain on a microchip?

Yes, Canadian scientists have created such a microchip basically a neurochip, that "communicates" with brain cells, a discovery that they claim could help patients with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

In fact, the microchip is able to monitor the electrical and chemical dialogue between brain cells, and to track subtle changes in brain activity, say the scientists at Calgary University.

Naweed Syed, who led the team, was quoted by the media as saying, "We have never been able to record the subtle activity from brain cells that we have now because this is actually the last frontier.

"This technical breakthrough means we can track subtle changes in brain activity at the level of ion channels and synaptic potentials, which are also the most suitable target sites for drug development in neuro-degenerative diseases and neuropsychological disorders."
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