An upgraded electronic chemical array delivers neurotransmitter signals in milliseconds
William Aryitey |
Electrical stimulation has been used to trigger and stimulate nerve signals in the past, but now Swedish scientists have developed an electronic ion pump that can stimulate nerve cells with neurotransmitters – just as nature intended – and almost as fast (1). “With the electronic release of neurotransmitters, we can achieve much more selective regulation of neuronal signaling, as we are using the natural signal entities of mammalians,” says Magnus Berggren, Director of the Strategic Research Center for Organic Bioelectronics at Linköping University, and one of the paper’s authors.
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