Robot controlled by rodent brain cells

By David Edwards
Thursday, August 14, 2008 17:54 EDT
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(Reuters) Scientists in the UK have come up with a robot controlled by a bundle of brain cells taken from a lab rat.

They’ve linked the rat’s brain neurons to a circuit board and have apparently got those neurons to actually control their creation.

It may be unsettling for some – conjuring up images of mad scientists – but the makers of the world’s first rodent robot say their work could help determine why brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s develop.

This video is from Reuters, broadcast August 14, 2008.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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