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Half man, half machine: Scientists engineer first ‘cyborg’ tissue – which uses living human cells and organic polymers

Posted By yihan On August 30, 2012 @ 9:35 am In Featured Stories,Tile | Comments Disabled

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

It like it’s something out of a science-fiction movie – genius scientists engineer a synthetic skin that’s part living, part electronics.

But scientists at Harvard University have done just that, creating meshes of electronic and biological tissue.

The end result is cyborg tissue, which is created from electrodes and wires combined on a Nano-scale.

The results, published in Nature Materials [2], detail how scientists in the lab embedded electrical nanowires into the lab-grown flesh.

Dr Charles Lieber, who is a chemistry professor at Harvard and the leader of the research team, told the Harvard Gazette [3]: ‘With this technology, for the first time, we can work at the same scale as the unit of biological system without interrupting it.

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[1] DAILY MAIL: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2195586/Half-man-half-machine-Scientists-engineer-cyborg-tissue--uses-living-human-cells-organic-polymers.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

[2] Nature Materials: http://www.nature.com/nmat/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nmat3404.html

[3] Harvard Gazette: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/08/merging-the-biological-electronic/

[4] Researchers grow cyborg tissues with embedded nanoelectronics: http://www.prisonplanet.com/researchers-grow-cyborg-tissues-with-embedded-nanoelectronics.html

[5] 3D printers may revolutionize more than just consumer products – Scientists can now print human ’tissue’ and functional artificial ears: http://www.prisonplanet.com/3d-printers-may-revolutionize-more-than-just-consumer-products-scientists-can-now-print-human-tissue-and-functional-artificial-ears.html

[6] UK Scientists Grow A Living Human ‘Brain’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/uk-scientists-grow-a-living-human-brain.html

[7] Cyborg Brain/Machine Interface is Now Reality: http://www.prisonplanet.com/cyborg-brainmachine-interface-is-now-reality.html

[8] British scientists given permission to treat stroke victims with stem cells from aborted babies: http://www.prisonplanet.com/british-scientists-given-permission-to-treat-stroke-victims-with-stem-cells-from-aborted-babies.html

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