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|Harvard scientists have, for the first time, created a type of "cyborg" tissue by embedding a three-dimensional network of functional, bio-compatible nanoscale wires into engineered human tissues. A multi-institutional research team has developed a system for creating nanoscale "scaffolds" which could be seeded with cells which later grew into tissue. "Ultimately, this is about merging tissue with electronics in a way that it becomes difficult to determine where the tissue ends and the electronics begin." "In the body, the autonomic nervous system keeps track of pH, chemistry, oxygen and other factors, and triggers responses as needed." "We need to be able to mimic the kind of intrinsic feedback loops the body has evolved in order to maintain fine control at the cellular and tissue level." They were able to detect electrical signals generated by cells deep within the tissue.|
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