Scientists combine rat spinal cord with artificial muscles in a separate bio-hybrid robot

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — AIP Publishing’s APL Bioengineering published a fresh article by researchers from the University of Illinois. It says that they were able to combine the rat’s spinal cord with artificial muscles in a separate bio-hybrid robot.

Interestingly, in the first seven days after the cultivation of the system, scientists were able to detect a fact that is extremely important for further progress: the motor neurons of the spinal cord slowly began to produce electrical activity, which in turn led to the contraction of the artificial muscles of the biobot, thereby reflecting the behavior of the peripheral nervous system.

“When we looked more deeply at how the interface between neurons and muscles develops, we were very excited to observe a lot in common between our tissue-created spinobot and in vivo development,” said Collin Kaufman, UIUC Neuroscience graduate student.

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