Scientists create synthetic tissue that mimics nerves

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By Clare Day / 03 Apr 2016

Oxford university scientists have created synthetic tissues that can be activated by light to mimic biological behaviour — including the electrical signalling that takes place in the nervous system.

Michael Booth, the lead author of the research, said the team wanted to develop a way “to study how cells interact or even to control living tissues. These synthetic tissues may be developed into a biomaterial that could help repair the nervous system”.

 

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