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18 January 2023 by IdeaSpies

Robots with brain-like neurons are on the horizon after the creation of man-made nerve cells in the lab.

The breakthrough could also lead to a better understanding of Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases – opening the door to new treatments.

The synthetic cells mimic characteristics of the real thing. They can stimulate natural nerves – making them a promising strategy for therapies of the future. Named c-OECNs (conductance-based organic electrochemical neurons), they closely resemble 15 of the 20 features of biological nerve cells. This means they function in a similar way – a major step forward in artificial intelligence.

The principal investigator is Professor Simone Fabiano, of Linkoping University, Sweden,

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