A brain-on-a-chip has been created by scientists at Australian National University, who have used semiconductors to generate a pathway for neural tissue to form natural connections.
Apart from the potential applications in brain prosthetics, the creation also allows scientists to get a close-up look at how the brain works.
However, with the research still in fundamental stages, applications are likely to be 10-20 years in the future. Exciting times nonetheless!
Image: Lead researcher Dr Vini Gautam. By Stuart Hay, ANU
This story is taken from the 19 May 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.