A biocompatible neural implant

Henry Vandyke Carter [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

The mechanical mismatch between soft neural tissues and stiff neural implants hinders the use of these devices. To overcome this obstacle, researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) led by Grégoire Courtine and Stéphanie Lacour sought to create neural implants with mechanical properties matching those of host tissues. They fashioned implants to mimic the dura mater, the membrane that protects the brain and spinal cord.

Lab Anim. (NY) 44, 77 (2015).
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