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Tissue Preserving Technique Enables Single-cell Resolution Maps Of Neural Circuits

MIT chemical engineers and neuroscientists have devised a new way to preserve biological tissue, allowing them to visualize proteins, DNA, and other molecules within cells, and to map the connections between neurons. The researchers showed that they could use this method, known as SHIELD, to trace the connections between neurons in a part of the […]

Functional 3-D Human Neural Networks Grown From Stem Cells

Three-dimensional human tissue culture models for the central nervous system have been developed by a team of Tufts University-led researchers. The models mimic structural and functional features of the brain and demonstrate neural activity sustained over a period of many months. With the ability to populate a 3-D matrix of silk protein and collagen with […]

Engineered Soft Material Mimics Neural Tissue

A process for engineering next-generation soft materials with embedded chemical networks that mimic the behavior of neural tissue has been developed by researchers at Brandeis University. The new material could lead to autonomous soft robotics, dual sensors and actuators for soft exoskeletons, or artificial skins. The work paves the way for futuristic soft active matter […]

Biofabrication Of Brain-Microvessels From Stem Cells & ECM Proteins

A research team from Johns Hopkins University in the USA have recreated human brain-microvessels within the lab. This is important as replicating brain-microvessels and the blood-brain barrier is crucial to studying both healthy function of brain blood vessels and the function and mechanisms of this in disease. Multiple diseases affect the blood vessels of the […]