Neuron-computer interfaces

Dev Nag deity at leland.Stanford.EDU
Tue Dec 31 01:29:00 EST 1996


In article <5a9f4p$e0i at amanda.dorsai.org>,
Vasos Panagiotopoulos +1-917-287-8087 Bioengineer-Financier Samani Marions Panyaught NYC-11357-3436-287-USA <vjp2 at dorsai.org> wrote:
>Currently, they just splice a neuron onto a silicon chip, spinkle on
>some growth hormone and make a connection, but I wonder if something
>more sophisticated isn't coming our way. What about a membrane with
>captive receptors that "wag their tail" into the computer sensors when
>they notice the right neurotransmitters floating around the channels?

	This month's Wired (yeah, yeah, not exactly Cell or Science) discusses 
Nanogen's use of capture probes 'woven' into a chip to detect certain sequences
of DNA. Seems like this particular fantasy may be more plausible than at first
blush. :)

								-Dev.

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