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Zombie time
« on: 12/06/2006 13:38:54 »
I'm not sure if this should be in this forum or Physiology.

From New Scientist

 
quote:
Dawn of the zombies
27 May 2006
Robin Orwant
Magazine issue 2553

IT STARTS out like any silicon chip: intricate patterns are drawn with light and etched with acid. But this is no microprocessor destined for a computer. Instead there are minuscule chambers filled with human cells: liver cells, lung cells, fat cells, all connected by tiny channels. A nutrient fluid is pumped through the channels, flowing from one chamber to another just as blood flows from organ to organ in the body.

That's the whole point. The chip, created by Michael Shuler of Cornell University in New York, could be the first step towards a revolution in medicine, one that several teams around the world are working towards. "Our vision is building the human body on a chip," says Linda Griffith at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "A living, 3D, interconnected set of tissues."

The idea is to create not feeling entities but brainless mini-bodies that will be ideal for studying ...


I find that rather sinister.

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Re: Zombie time
« Reply #1 on: 12/06/2006 14:00:19 »
They have been at this for sometime now, working on linking chips to nerve cells. The sort of discussions I been involved in around this are:

   Replacing damaged brain function.
   Knowledge implants.
   Extended vision ability.
   Behaviour modification.
   Prisons without walls.
   Remote brain and body diagnostics.


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Re: Zombie time
« Reply #2 on: 13/06/2006 12:28:10 »
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Originally posted by Hadrian

They have been at this for sometime now, working on linking chips to nerve cells. The sort of discussions I been involved in around this are:

   Replacing damaged brain function.
   Knowledge implants.
   Extended vision ability.
   Behaviour modification.
   Prisons without walls.
   Remote brain and body diagnostics.


That's not what the article is about. THis is about replicating a human body on a chip.

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