Scientists merge living cells and electronic wires to create cyborg tissue
Scientists from Harvard, MIT and Boston Children's Hospital have created cyborg tissue by embedding bio-compatible nanoscale wire into engineered human tissue. The tissue and the electronics are merged in a way that makes it hard to determine where one ends and the other begins, the scientists said. The most likely near-term use might allow pharmaceutical researchers to study how newly developed drugs act in the tissue. Eventually, the system might be used to monitor changes inside the body and respond to them, using electrical stimulation or the release of a drug. Read stories at ScienceDaily.com and at Gizmag by Dario Borghino The research is described in Nature Materials. Are more sophisticated androids on the way?