Saturday, March 28, 2009

Incredible artifical human brain



Incredibly exciting!!! Artificial brain?

Yes, artificial brain will be a reality soon and cure for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia may not be far off with the recent creation of artificial brain. The scientists at the Aston University in Birmingham have achieved this marvel. This artificial brain is capable of performing the human brain’s basic functions of processing, connecting, and communicating like a normal human brain. The scientists are hopeful of understanding other neurodegenerative diseases also as also relevant medical remedies for them in the near future. The Alzheimer’s Society is hopeful of the exciting outcome of this project.

Funded by the Humane Research Trust in Birmingham, UK to develop alternatives to animal testing, the research team under the guidance of Prof. Michael Coleman has now developed artificial human brain capable of processing thought at the most basic level. This cellular brain is incredibly closer to the human brain.

The research team at the Aston University took cells from a cancerous tumor and reprogrammed them to create the artificial brain, a breakthrough in dementia and Alzheimer’s. This cellular model could be an useful tool in this research.

The cells in this artificial brain are kept alive in the laboratory by injecting them with nutrients and minerals every two days. Though the research is still in its early days, medical solutions to common brain diseases like dementia may not be quite far.

While balls of cells similar to those in the human brains have been developed by the scientists in the ongoing experiments, the major hurdle in this research continues to be the brain shortage.


Source: Times of India, March 27, 2009

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1 comments on "Incredible artifical human brain"

Nirmala on April 3, 2009 at 10:31 AM said...

I am reminded of Frankenstein. Hope there is no repetition of the mischief he could do with his transplanted brain.

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