Monday, December 29, 2008
A team of researchers in Italy and Switzerland found carbon nanotubes to be a biocompatible material that can be attached to specific neurons to enhance their natural signal-processing capabilities. Many studies over the last few years have demonstrated that carbon nanotubes can improve the health of neural networks by promoting cell attachment, differentiation and growth. But the current report is the first to provide an experimentally supported explanation for how carbon nanotubes enhance the efficacy of neural signal transmission. Namely, that they form a mechanical and electrical superstructure which enhances the natural function of individual neurons.
Posted by R. Colin Johnson at 10:00 AM