New Stanford engineering tools record electrical activity of cells

June 28, 2016New Stanford engineering tools record electrical activity of cells New tools for probing the inner workings of neurons developed through an initiative of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute will help scientists understand and heal the brain. Facebook Twitter Email By Amy Adams When asked for the biggest idea that would transform neuroscience, Stanford mechanical engineer Nicholas Melosh came up with this: using engineering tools he and his colleagues were developing to record the electrical activity of cells. Stanford researchers Greg Pitner and Matt Abramian finalize sample preparation in the Neurofab, mounting the cell culture vessel to the suspended wafer. (Image credit: L.A. Cicero) If it works, Melosh’s big idea could help neuroscientists improve on devices that interface with the brain – such as those currently used to relieve symptoms…


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