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MIT makes new progress on brain implants

The global lockdown crippling economies and businesses tangibly, however has failed in arresting technological breakthroughs with far-reaching abilities to bolster human civilization to the next level. In a recent event, MIT engineers have affirmed their successful venture to create a 3D model of brain implants. MIT scientists are trying to generate soft rubbery brain implants to eliminate all possibilities of brain scar and damage, likely to be induced by rigid metals that have been used as brain implants since long.

These brain implants recently developed depict soft and elastic polymer, or even identical to soft plastic with electrical conductivity. The versatile team of young enthusiastic scientists is chaired by Xuanhe Zhao who teaches mechanical engineering and of late has facilitated 3D printing of neural probes into soft rubbery substance. MIT engineers are striving to achieve substantial breakthrough in creating neural implants complying with the various shapes human mind depicts, without any potential damage to the surrounding tissues. These newly developed flexible electronics are designed to substitute metal based electrodes that are deployed to analyze and follow activities of the mind, also offering substantial therapeutic assistance to serious health conditions pertaining to the mind such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy as well as depression amongst others.

The researchers team have come up with various nanofiber based substances that resemble toothpaste consistency with high electrical conductivity, apt for 3D printer to generate ample printable ink. Scientists have always engaged in developing novel solutions such as the recent soft material with high flexibility and electrical conductivity. Such kinds of conducting polymers are highly recommended and used to obtain interesting finishing touch, without failing to deliver.  Besides the neural probe, this team of researchers have also developed a multielectrode array. Scientists usually look for actionable cues obtained by merging cultured nerve cells followed by a signal examination noted with the help of electrodes found beneath.

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